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On November 29, 2011, Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of singer Michael Jackson, is sentenced in a Los Angeles County courtroom to four years behind bars. The iconic pop star died at age 50 at his California home after suffering cardiac arrest while under the influence of propofol, a surgical anesthetic given to him by Murray as a sleep aid.
Jackson, who was born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana, rose to fame performing as a boy with his older brothers in a music group called the Jackson 5. With his 1982 solo album “Thriller,” Jackson achieved international superstardom. However, by the 1990s, he became known for increasingly eccentric and reclusive behavior, and his physical appearance was radically altered through multiple plastic surgeries. In 2005, amidst intense media coverage, Jackson was tried and acquitted on child molestation charges.
In March 2009, after a lengthy time away from the public spotlight, Jackson announced he would perform a series of comeback concerts in London starting in July. That spring, Murray, a cardiologist raised in Trinidad, was hired at a monthly salary of $150,000 to serve as Jackson’s personal physician while the singer rehearsed for his upcoming shows. Late in the morning on June 25, Jackson was found unconscious in bed in his mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles by Murray, who tried unsuccessfully to revive him. The legendary entertainer was pronounced dead at 2:26 that afternoon at nearby Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
READ MORE: The Final Days of Michael Jackson
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled the performer’s death a homicide after lethal levels of the powerful sedative propofol, as well other drugs, were found in his system. In February 2010, Murray, who had given Jackson propofol as a sleep aid almost every night for two months prior to his death, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty. During his trial, which began in September 2011, Murray was portrayed by the prosecution as an incompetent, greedy opportunist who recklessly gave Jackson propofol in an unmonitored setting (the drug typically is administered only in a hospital) and kept no records, among other serious medical errors. Prosecutors said Murray set aside sound medical judgment by relenting when Jackson, one of the world’s most famous men, regularly begged him for propofol in order to sleep. Additionally, Murray was accused of belatedly calling 911 after discovering Jackson had stopped breathing, and with lying to paramedics and emergency-room doctors. The defense argued that Jackson, who was plagued by insomnia, self-administered the fatal dose of the drug.
On November 7, after deliberating for less than two days, a Los Angeles County jury found Murray guilty. Three weeks later, on November 29, the trial judge sentenced the 58-year-old to a four-year jail term, the maximum punishment allowed under law. The judge, in announcing his decision, criticized Murray for his lack of remorse and refusal to accept responsibility for his role in Jackson’s death, and said the doctor became involved in “a cycle of horrible medicine” in his dealings with the pop star.
Murray was released on parole on October 28, 2013.
Dr. Conrad Murray receives four-year sentence in Michael Jackson’s death - HISTORY
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Michael Jackson’s Legacy Lives On After ‘Leaving Neverland’ Controversy. 29-06-'19
The initial wave of criticism following the release of the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary did very little to tarnish the legacy of the King of Pop.
The HBO doc portrayed Michael Jackson as a child molester, and the negative publicity prompted Britain’s Channel 4 radio stations in Canada to stop playing his music while the producers of 'The Simpsons' removed an episode that featured Jackson’s voice. ABC News notes “that’s been the most visible extent of the backlash.”
The outlet also writes that, “There’s been no rescinding honors like has happened to Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, or mass movements to stop playing Jackson’s music, as R&B singer R. Kelly has faced.”
“He still commands prices compared to most any other celebrity,” said Darren Julien, president and CEO of the Culver City, California-based Julien’s Auctions.
“He’s the only celebrity where we would have lines of people to get in whenever we had stuff of his to auction,” he continued. “There’s only one person that compares to Marilyn Monroe in collectability, and that is Michael Jackson.”
Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell said she and several of her colleagues believe Jackson’s legacy will withstand the 'Leaving Neverland' controversy.
“There was an aura about him,” Mitchell said of Jackson. “He had an energy in terms of his talent and the dancing, and I still think that aura still exists to a point. I know it’s been tarnished, but I think overall that there is no denying what he brought to the table.”
Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of his death. Despite the disturbing allegations made in the documentary, Jackson’s nephew said his legacy will never be destroyed by a lie.
“No lie can destroy what was given to us as a blessing from God, and that’s what my uncle was,” said Sigmund “Siggy” Jackson, son of Jackson’s eldest brother, Jackie Jackson. “You can never destroy his legacy with a petty lie. He will be here. And even after God calls us home, his legacy will live on and never be torn down.”
Source: Eurweb / Billie Jean
'HIStory' Statue Removed From Las Vegas. 27-06-'19
You all know that the original 'HIStory' Statue used in the Teaser of the album has been on display at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, the same hotel holding Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE.
The statue has been removed from the lobby. When asked, the hotel stated that the statue has been removed for the summer only.
We are awaiting for more information from the Mandalay Bay and Estate to comment.
Legendary Michael Jackson 'HIStory' Statue unveiled at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on July 28th, 2016.
Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson 'Knew He Was Going To Die' Two Days Before Fatal Drug Overdose. 27-06-'19
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes.
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes has hinted the King of Pop knew he was going to die two days before suffering a fatal drug overdose.
The world was stunned when the King of Pop died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50 after going into cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles mansion.
However, Matt Fiddes, who worked with the star for more than a decade, is convinced the star predicted his own demise.
He's revealed that just two days before his death Jackson was trying to gather his loved ones around him.
The singer was asking friends he hadn't seen in years, including British actor Mark Lester, to fly in from around the world to visit him.
Fiddes claims Jackson even asked his dad Joe, with whom he had a famously stormy relationship, to go see him - suggesting he had predicted his own demise.
In a post on Instagram , he wrote: "He begged myself and Mark Lester to come and see him two days before @michaeljackson passed away in LA.
"And he wanted his Dad (Joseph) too to be with him.
"We sensed something was wrong but thought he just wanted to get out the 50 shows planned for London a few weeks later.
"Myself and Mark had young family’s and commitments and had we known what was going on in LA. We would of be on the next flight."
Fiddes goes on to vow to keep fighting to protect Jackson's reputation after he was accused of abusing children in shock documentary 'Leaving Neverland'.
He added: "I was your bodyguard when you were alive and will look after you in death the best way I can.
"RIP my friend. Let us take care of the nonsense. As you would say 'The bigger the star the biggest the target'.
"You will always be the greatest entertainer of all time and the most intelligent man I have ever met! RIP my friend."
Jackson's death was attributed to an overdose of Propofol, a surgical anaesthetic used in operating rooms.
It had been administered by the star's personal doctor Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the star's death.
He was sentenced to four years behind bars, but was released from prison in 2013 after a two-year stretch.
Source: Mirror / Billie Jean
The King Of Pop Dressed As A King! 26-06-'19
Michael Jackson shocked Sue and Darron Goldman when he dropped by for dinner on a night on December 20th, 2002 at their home in Jupiter, Florida.
The King of Pop was visiting Florida in search of a new property and his real estate agent offered to take him to dinner, calling up his friends the Goldmans.
'I thought he was joking, then an hour later the King of Pop was on my doorstep. It was honestly the most surreal evening I've ever experienced,' Sue, 55, said.
Jackson, who was traveling with children Prince, then five, and Paris, aged, four, requested to eat KFC, Domino's Pizza and orange-crush soda.
The couple, who run a costume supply company, asked Jackson if he wanted to try some costumes and Jackson agreed.
The pop superstar insisted on dressing like a king - wearing a plastic royal crown and ornate glittery gown, in photos obtained exclusively by Daily Mail TV on the 10th anniversary of the eccentric singer's death on Tuesday (June 25).
Jackson’s Children privately honor 10th Anniversary of his death as media mostly ignores the day .
Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson’s Children Privately Honor 10th Anniversary Of His Death As Media Mostly Ignores The Day. 26-06-'19
The 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s unexpected passing (June 25) came and went without much attention from mainstream media.
The allegations made in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' left many fans and outlets in a precarious position on how to honor the anniversary, eventually just letting the day pass with little acknowledgment.
And don’t expect Jackson’s children to make any public tributes either. A source exclusively tells Hollywood Life Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket don’t place significance of the years of their father’s passing and choose to honor him privately by sharing stories with family and watching home videos.
Jackson’s Children privately honor 10th Anniversary of his death as media mostly ignores the day .
“They are just going to remember the good times and be around family and friends and talk about him,” the source said.
“The great thing for all of them is that they have so many home videos to look back on and their Dad is always with them through music. They can always hear his voice when they need it. Obviously, that never replaces the real thing but they all feel that he is with them always.
“They all are older and realize the impact he not only gave them but the world and they just want to honor that legacy and will mourn and celebrate privately.”=”
Source: Gossip On This / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson's Bodyguard Claims Singer Was 'Killed By Stress Of Allegations'. 26-06-'19
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Bill Whitfield.
Michael Jackson's former bodyguard claims the singer was wracked with stress when he died ten years ago.
Bill Whitifield, now 53, wasn't with Jackson when he died but believes he couldn't have saved him -even if he was right beside him.
He said the singer’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, gave Jackson an overdose of powerful anaesthetic drug propofol.
He was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but Whitfield said that Jackson's final days were hours of great stress.
Whitfield revealed that the weight of child abuse allegations and various family feuds had become too much for the King of Pop and the stress 'was implicit in Jackson passing away.
It has been 10 years since Jackson passed away and Whitfield said that business pressures were taking their toll as well as anxiety over a 50-date residency in London.
Whitfield said that Jackson was not in a great place the last time he saw him.
He told The Sun: "The last time I saw him was about two weeks before he passed away. He didn’t seem happy."
Whitfield said that he was unaware of Jackson having any serious health issues and he claims that he never saw the singer taking any drugs and blamed the death on Murray who "f****** up" the dosage of the medication given to Jackson.
He summed up the situation at the time of Jackson's death, saying it was down to "all forms of stress, whether it was coming from his family, his lawyers, his management, some fans, the negativity of being labelled a child abuser."
Whitfield went on to say that it was all "absolutely taking its toll on him."
Speaking about the financial predicament that Jackson had found himself in, he revealed: "We were going through a time where a lot of people were not getting paid because of the financial situation with Mr Jackson's companies and management.
"Mr Jackson got quiet. He was more reserved and seemed down."
Whitfield also took aim at Dan Reed, the filmmaker who produced the damning HBO documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', that detailed the alleged grooming and sexual abuse of Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
He said: "Anyone who personally knew Mr Jackson knows he was not the individual they’re describing in any shape or form.
"Listening to these gentlemen speak on the Mr Jackson I knew tells me how much they are seeking to get money out of it."
Whitfield believes that as a 10-year investigation by the FBI had drawn blanks, "then there’s nothing there to find."
Source: Mirror / Billie Jean
Documentary 'The Man Behind The Dance' by Lavelle Smith Jr. 25-06-'19
It has been 10 years since my friend Michael Jackson passed away and I’m sure we all miss him very much.
These last few months, we’ve been working on this non-profit project called 'The Man Behind The Dance' where I share my experience and memories collaborating with the one and only King of Pop.
Thank you, David Van Hoesen, Thibault Weewauters for the concept and hard work, Timmy Ropero for the heartfelt soundtrack and Richard Mendelsohn for the constant support and ideas.
Keep watching till the end. After the credits is a bonus video.
Source: MJ Vibe / YouTube / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson Estate Releases Statement On 10th Anniversary Of Singer's Death. 25-06-'19
The Estate Of Michael Jackson
Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian. The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before. Messages of condolences from Nelson Mandela and others were read as was a poem written for the occasion by the esteemed Maya Angelou. Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown, eulogized his protégé by saying, “…the King of Pop is not big enough for him. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived.” United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother.
A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others which came in many forms. He comforted the unfortunate at hospitals, in long term care facilities and at halfway houses. He equipped Neverland Ranch with medical facilities to accommodate patients seeking refuge from their lonely hospital rooms, and thousands came. He visited troops on bases around the world serving their country. Guinness World Records acknowledged his efforts with an award for Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.
In a world where numbers are the measure of a man, Michael Jackson is a resounding success, whether by his 16 #1 singles and 8 #1 albums in the US or the fact that his album Thriller is owned by more people on the planet than any album ever made and Thriller the short film is the only music video to have been inducted into the National Film Registry. And when mastery of a craft is the measure, Michael Jackson’s divine abilities remain the yardstick by which others are measured and against which today’s masters still measure themselves.
But we best remember Michael by paying tribute to his legacy of philanthropic work and ask music fans everywhere to make a difference in their community - whether it’s planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. “I believe each person can make a difference in the life of someone in need,” he said. This is how we honor Michael.
– The Estate Of Michael Jackson
Source: The Estate Of Michael Jackson / Billie Jean
Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson (Full Documentary). 25-06-'19
So much has been written about Michael Jackson.
The majority of it manufactured, twisted and just down-right untrue.
In the year 2000, Michael Jackson was listed into the Guinness book of world records for breaking the WORLD record for the "Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.“ An achievement that was accomplished by a lifetime of effort & tireless dedication, yet a little-known fact that has been overshadowed by years of fiction.
In a world first, author Paul Dwyer takes a look into the every-day world of Michael Jackson, stripping away the rumours, the media and the mayhem to take an in-depth look at The MAN - The humanitarian.
Based on the book, the documentary delves into Michael Jackson’s charity involvement over the course of his career. It includes a diary of Michael Jackson's visits to orphanages & children’s hospitals around the world, charity appearances and documents his body of work that was never celebrated or publicised by the mass media & is just as big, if not more-so than his musical career.
Source: YouTube / Billie Jean
18757 Roses Delivered From Around The World For Michael. 25-06-'19
Final rose count. 18757 roses are delivered at Forest Lawn.
One Rose for Michael Jackson raised 18757 roses this year. Seeing all the roses donated from fans around the world moves me to tears as I am enveloped in the sea of love of thousands of roses. Every year, all the roses are donated to various charities after June 25.
This is the 10th year MJ fans from around the world keep the red rose LOVE alive. Every year around June 25th, cards, letters, roses, flowers, gifts, balloons and sunflowers begin arriving at Forest Lawn Glendale and Neverland.
We all remember this day. June 25, 2009. Where we were. what we were doing. the smell, sounds, people around us on that fateful day when the world stopped to mourn the loss of Michael Jackson. This year is the 10th anniversary of losing the most inspirational, talented. simply the greatest entertainer and humanitarian the music industry and the world has ever known. There will never be another like the beautiful Michael Jackson!
This year as the ugly liars and frauds shame his memory and attempt to destroy Michael's legacy all for $$ and as the media jumps on board once again to believe the deceivers and money grubbers. it is up to us, the MJ fans from around the world, to exhibit this June 25th at Forest Lawn, Glendale, a giant Michael Jackson size show of L.O.V.E.
Thank you so much to Robyn Starkand who leads this beautiful tribute to Michael Jackson every June. Thank you for all your incredible, hard work in making it possible for MJ fans around the globe to continue to show our LOVE to Michael in this most spectacular way on the June 25th anniversary each year since his passing.
18757 roses are delivered at Forest Lawn: 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA.
Michael Jackson's 10th Anniversary. 25-06-'19
Today June 25th 2019, marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. When the shocking news of Jackson’s death was announced then years ago, the world seemingly came to a halt. As millions of fans mourned Jackson’s death, news coverage around the globe exposed lurid details that Jackson died of long-term use of prescription drugs.
Michael died in Los Angeles after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, Michael Jackson died at age 50. Initial reports were that Jackson suffered from cardiac arrest.
With the 10th anniversary of Michael’s untimely passing closing in on us, I can’t help but wonder how quickly the years have passed. It seems like only yesterday and yet, when I allow my mind to drift back to June 25th, 2009 and then look ahead from there, I realize that ten years are by no means “yesterday".
So much has happened.
Here below are the highlights of ten years since we lost Michael:
Michael is finally buried in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA. The service is attended by approximately 200 family and close friends. The pallbearers are Michael’s five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson. At the beginning of the ceremony, Prince, Paris & Blanket put a crown on their father’s coffin to signify the final resting place of the King of Pop. Following the funerals the family and the guests go to Villa Sorriso Ristorante -- an Italian restaurant in Pasadena.
'The Michael Jackson Opus Book' is released by Kraken OPus, Jeff Wald.
The MTV Video Music Awards ceremony opens with a Michael tribute. Madonna makes a moving speech then the 'This Is It' dancers perform 'Thriller', 'Bad' and 'Smooth Criminal' and finally Janet performs 'Scream' with Michael on the background video screen.
The song 'This Is It' of Michael Jackson is premiered at midnight on http://www.michaeljackson.com/. The single 'This Is It' is made available to radio stations and nightclubs through Epic/Sony Records. Sony Music Entertainment misleadingly referred to the song as a "new single" during its promotion, but it was later confirmed that the song would only be sent for airplay, and not be available to buy as a single release.
'This Is It', opens worldwide (and in more than 3,400 theaters in the United States and Canada).
The 'Michael Jackson's Vision' box set is released by Epic/Sony, it includes 4,5 hours worth of material, including the full version of 'Black Or White', which was cut short after its initial release due to violent imagery and Jackson's gyrations, as well as a never-released clip for his song 'One More Chance.'
'Michael Jackson: The Experience' is a music video game based on Michael Jackson's music and songs. It was licensed by Triumph International, developed by and published by Ubisoft, and was released for the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable.
The CD album 'Michael' is released by Epic/Sony.
The song 'All In Your Name', a duet with Michael Jackson & Barry Gibb, is now officially available for download on Barry's website.
November 7-2011 (Murray Trial: Verdict):
Conrad Murray guilty of manslaughter.
In China, a Pepsi: 330ml (limited edition) can will be available at retail locations nationwide.
The 'Bad 25th' anniversary documentary was shown at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.
The double CD album, Deluxe Collectors Edition, Deluxe Box and Picture Disc from 'Bad 25' of Michael Jackson is released by Epic/Legacy.
The CD album and digipack (deluxe edition) 'Xscape' of Michael Jackson is released by Epic/Sony.
The 'Off The Wall' CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray (deluxe softpak) of Michael Jackson is released by Sony/Legacy.
The double album 'Scream' of Michael Jackson is released by Epic/Legacy.
Michael's father Joseph Jackson has sadly died after a hard-fought battle with cancer, he was 89.
Sony buys out Michael Jackson Estate’s EMI share for $288M.
The box set 'The Picture Disc Collection' of Michael Jackson is released by Sony Music.
The Michael Jackson Estate has issued a statement on the film 'Leaving Neverland', which premiered at Sundance on Friday morning (Jan. 25). The documentary was screened at Park City, Utah’s Egyptian Theater. The Estate issued its statement about 12 hours after the film debuted, taking issue with what it calls “the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death.”
Michael Jackson‘s nephew has revealed that he will be releasing a new documentary about his pop star uncle.
Over the past ten years there are a lot of merchandise released of him books, CD albums, Blu-ray's, box sets, etc. but as hard as anyone tries to encapsulate what we had before, it’s not the same and never will be, because it didn’t come directly from Michael.
Michael was so good for the world, his fans and of course his children, he will be living for ever in my heart.
For me was Michael a human being of whom I loved, like to see him dancing and singing. His smile was so special, the child in him has always affect me. Have never spoken to him, nor shake him the hand, still I had the feeling knowing him.
Michael I shall miss you for ever, you get a place in my heart next to my beloved Rita and my 2 children.
Love you forever "Gone Too Soon".
Without Michael Jackson, I Would Be Dead! 24-06-'19
We all remember Tamas aka Bela Farkas back in 1994. The young boy, orphan, was dying and in need of a organ transplant in a hospital in Budapest.
For the first time, Bela/Tamas has open up and talked to the Belgium Press RTBF.
Michael and Lisa-Marie visited the hospital in 1994 while in the city to film the teaser of his new album 'HIStory.
At the time, Michael asked if he could take the child to the US to treat him. The hospital explained to Michael that they have already arranged treatments in Brussels, Belgium but the money was lacking to do so.
Michael Jackson decided then to finance the full treatment, the operation and the transportation of Bela from and back to Hungary via his foundation “Heal The World”. The bill came to nearly €150,000.00.
While in Hospital, Michael made sure to send some present like a wooden Pinocchio or a big teddy bear named “Lisa” after Lisa-Marie”.
After 3 transplant, Bela was safe and he was invited with his adoptive family to the HIStory World Tour in 1996 as VIP and Michael also booked the whole family in a luxurious hotel. “It was magical! it was the most spectacular concert I’ve ever saw” recall Tamas.
“Michael Jackson saved my life. Until today, every day, I am asking myself: Why me? Why did he chose me?”
Asked about 'Leaving Neverland', Tamas said “I don’t believe a word! I am a dad of two and I cannot believe you can wait 30 years to unveil such monstrous things. Michael Jackson was a good man. These accusations are misleading and grotesque.”
He also added “My dream is to go where he is resting in the US. This is my only wish. I do not ask for anything else. No money, no help, Michael Jackson already gave me the biggest present ever: Life!
Source: MJ Vibe / RTBF / Billie Jean
Telefacts Summer About 'The Death Of Michael Jackson'. 24-06-19
On Tuesday, June 25, Michael Jackson passed away 10 years day by day. 'Telefacts Summer' (Belgium TV channel VTM) gives that evening a unique look at the investigation into the death of the much-discussed singer.
Ten years after the death of the pop star, the three main detectives who led the investigation tell their story for the first time. Exclusive evidence and extraordinary new details outline what happened ten years ago in the rental property on Carolwood Drive in Los Angeles and demonstrate the involvement of his personal physician Conrad Murray.
'Telefacts Summer' shows Conrad Murray's interrogation and various evidence from the judicial file. Photographs of Jackson's home on the day of his death and the autopsy show that Propofol, a drug normally used for anesthesia, is responsible for Jackson's death. It was Conrad Murray who gave him the medicine in an uncontrolled and medically irresponsible way. How ethically did the doctor work? Why did he give Michael Jackson Propofol? And how aware was he of the dangers of the medicine?
The work of the detectives reveals the bizarre relationship between the star and his doctor through an in-depth investigation into Murray's private life. 'Telefacts Summer' shows how the researchers presented their evidence to the judge and how and for what Murray was ultimately convicted.
'Telefacts Summer', Tuesday 25 June at 21.45 on VTM.
'Remembering Michael Jackson: The Man. The Music. The Magic'. 24-06-'19
Worldwide commemorations and odes to Michael Jackson.
Tuesday, June 25, it is ten years ago that the King of Pop suddenly died. Michael Jackson fans will commemorate him worldwide on that day.
25 June 2009 in Los Angeles after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, Michael Jackson died at age 50. Initial reports were that Jackson suffered from cardiac arrest.
Billboards in the Netherlands:
The action group MJ Innocent will commemorate Michael's musical legacy and philanthropic activities. They do this by providing billboards with pictures and text: 'Remembering The Man, The Music, The Magic, Michael Jackson'. In the Netherlands, Michael Jackson is commemorated with this promotion in Rotterdam. The city where the pop icon performed in 1998 and 1992 during the Bad and Dangerous world tours, and made history with six sold-out concerts. Spread across the center of Rotterdam, the image of Michael Jackson can be seen on nine billboards.
Musical tribute in De Melkweg:
In the evening the Dutch fans gather in De Melkweg in Amsterdam. There singer-songwriter Bo Saris and musical friends David Goncalves, Jared Grant and Sarah Jane will pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, the brothers of Michael Jackson, made a video message to express their support for this tribute.
Charity of fans #HonorMJ:
The legacy of the legendary pop icon created the social media campaign #HonorMJ a few weeks ago. With this action, fans were called on to help put together a mosaic of images. Fans show how they make a difference in a person's life by performing an act of charity. This mosaic is unveiled on June 25 and is a tribute to Michael Jackson's philanthropic efforts.
Michael Jackson statue in China and Milan:
In March, after 23 years, McDonald's Netherlands removed the well-known towering statue of Michael Jackson at their location in Best. Fans in China have had their own sculpture made and it was recently unveiled in Zhengzhou. In the Italian city of Milan, a statue of Michael Jackson was refurbished last week and festively unveiled. Michael Jackson’s statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Guangzhou City, China and, Hong Kong, received extra visitors in recent weeks.
19,000 roses at Michael's grave:
After the death of the King of Pop, American fans have been organizing since 2010 that roses are delivered to Michael's grave on his death day. Through an online campaign, fans from all over the world can make a contribution through PayPal and buy a rose. This year there are a record number, about 19,000 roses, more than in all previous years. The roses are donated to charities on 26 June.
A difficult year for Jackson fans:
The Jackson community has had a difficult six months. Michael Jackson accusers, known since 2013, received worldwide attention for their allegations of alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson. This after broadcasting their film, just a few weeks after they lost their civil lawsuits. A reply was not included. After a lot of research, fans (including many themselves victims of sexual abuse), but also non-fans, came to the conclusion that these allegations are largely in contradiction with the previous testimonies of the same men in their own civil lawsuits, dating from 2013 and 2014 The 10-year death of Michael now coincides with the appeal for financial compensation that the men have filed.
However, on June 25, the fan community will commemorate Michael's music and make extra efforts for charity. The way Michael wanted it to be.
Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean
MJInnocent Group Honouring Michael Jackson With Digital Billboards. 24-06-'19
The MJInnocent Group, who was responsible for the London Buses adverts “#MJINNOCENT – Facts don’t lie, people do”, have arranged digital billboards in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland with a commemoration picture of Michael Jackson by Harrison Funk.
The Billboards will be display on June 25 and it is unknow where and how many there will be but what a great idea to honor Michael Jackson!
Here the full statement from the MJInnocent group:
Dear MJFAM across the globe.
It’s Sunday, June 23rd 2019 and it’s night here in the UK. In almost 24 hours, the time will mark the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson.
MJINNOCENT have been working around the clock for the past number of days to ensure that he is remembered and celebrated by as many people as possible. We are proud to announce that on June 25th, digital billboards in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland will advertise the MJI official commemoration image, and we encourage the International fan community to also take part alongside us during this time. We are doing all we can to have the advert featured in a similar manner in India and the US just in time before Tuesday. Sleep will have to wait for a few days yet, in order to pull this task off.
The image was kindly provided to us by its owner and Michael’s personal photographer, Harrison Funk and we are so incredibly grateful.
A massive thanks to Hayden at HARDesign for adding the text to the picture and meticulously formatting Harrisons magical image so it can be used to suit a range of measurements.
Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson Fans Defiant As Abuse Claims Loom Over Anniversary. 24-06-'19
Defiant fans are preparing to mark 10 years since Michael Jackson's death as fascination with the King of Pop remains undimmed despite lurid claims of child sex abuse.
On Hollywood's Walk of Fame, the singer's star continues to draw a constant scrum of selfie-snapping tourists, while nearby souvenir shops, street performers and even tattoo parlors report a brisk trade in all things Jackson.
Across the street at Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum, a statue of the singer is strategically perched above the box office to entice tourists. Staff at Madame Tussauds say Jackson's waxwork remains a top draw.
Yet according to the groundbreaking HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', released earlier this year, it was just a few hours' drive from the heart of Hollywood that Jackson used his celebrity and glamor to molest young boys at his fairytale-themed ranch.
While most fans who spoke to AFP were aware of the documentary, the adoration fostered from growing up with the 'Thriller' megastar's many hits supersedes all else.
"I came here actually only for him. I don't take pictures with any other star," said Dutch tourist Hooman Nazemi.
"Some stuff that they were saying in the doc was kind of hard, but you cannot say 100 percent it's true . I just love him. I love him and I think everybody does."
Antoine Baynes, 31, a Jackson impersonator who moonwalks along Hollywood Boulevard for tourists' tips, said the allegations had done nothing to diminish his performances' appeal -- in fact, the opposite.
"After the HBO special came out I received just as much if not more attention than before. It kinda gave it publicity," he said.
"Honestly I've married people as Michael Jackson. I have two weddings to do this Sunday, to do as Michael Jackson!"
The claims in the HBO documentary by two men who say Jackson sexually abused them for years as minors were not the first, but reignited the scandal after the star's fatal overdose at age 50 in 2009.
In his lifetime, Jackson denied all child sex allegations and his estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO for "posthumous character assassination."
On Tuesday (June 25), the anniversary of Jackson's passing, die-hard fans from around the world have planned an "MJ Innocent Love Rally" through Hollywood to gather at his star on the sidewalk.
Other events include a "zombie dance" on Venice Beach and screenings of fan-made tribute films.
Those who cannot attend are invited to donate money for an annual ceremony placing roses by Jackson's grave in the nearby Forest Lawn cemetery.
Organizers did not respond to a request for comment, but claim on Twitter that a record of more than 18,000 roses have been bought this year.
Yet numbers signing up to the events' Facebook pages are conspicuously low, and pro-Jackson message boards are rife with complaints about the lack of mainstream enthusiasm for anniversary events this year.
If the controversy has dampened commemorations -- with Variety reporting that TV networks and producers have pulled the plug on long-planned anniversary programs -- Jackson's commercial clout remains substantial.
T-shirts, keyrings and coasters bearing the singer's likeness remain on prominent display at Hollywood tourist stores lining the boulevard, outnumbered only by images of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.
Of a dozen such shops visited by AFP, only one had removed Jackson memorabilia from its shelves, citing a decline in interest.
And for some die-hard fans, a throwaway souvenir just won't cut it.
"We get people asking for the silhouette, with the hat, sometimes his signature," said tattoo artist John Lopez.
"Maybe five or six each year. It's no different this year."
Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean
Janet Jackson Promises Michael Jackson’s ‘Legacy Will Continue’ Amid Sex Abuse Claims. 23-06-'19
Janet Jackson is standing by her late brother Michael Jackson amid the sex abuse allegations against him, and believes his legacy ‘will continue’.
The 'Rhythm Nation' singer has maintained a wall of silence in the midst of the controversy involving the late 'Thriller' hitmaker, who is accused of sexually abusing Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were young boys.
In the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland,' Robson and Safechuck alleged that Michael groomed and molested them during their childhood.
Without directly addressing the claims, Janet, 53, says she is proud of the musical legacy Michael has left behind.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine, Janet said:
‘It will continue. ‘I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world.’
Michael died on 25 June 2009 at the age of 50 following an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.
Janet’s other family members, including nephew Taj Jackson, have been vocal in supporting Michael over the serious allegations.
Michael’s brothers, Marlon and Jackie, claimed the controversial 'Leaving Neverland' film ‘did not present any evidence’ to prove their brother’s guilt.
During an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this month, Marlon said: ‘No I have not seen it. But I’m not interested in seeing something where someone’s telling a story that do not present any evidence or facts about anything.
‘These type of things always come up, this isn’t the first time. When you’re in this business they take shots at you and people try to make money off you. This is one of those moments.’
He added: ‘Yes it’s been difficult for us but we get through it. We manage to get through it through the blessings of the lord who is in control of everything, so I’m not worried.’
Elsewhere in her interview, Janet addressed the #MeToo movement regarding sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
The popstar said: ‘I am sick, I am repulsed, I am infuriated by the double standards that continue to treat women as second-class citizens. Enough.’
Source: Metro / Billie Jean
'Ghosts' And 'Thriller' In Cinema Lima Peru. 22-06-'19
To celebrate Michael Jackson birthday, fans in Peru will be able to watch 'Ghosts' and 'Thriller' on a big silver screen!
The event will start at 11am at Cinestar Cinema in Lima on August 25.
'Ghosts': Michael Jackson's 40 minute short musical film is an event in itself. Critics praised the skill Michael exhibited by playing all the lead characters with diverse looks and voices and the special effects in 'Ghosts' which set new standards.
'Thriller': When Michael is at the movies with his girlfriend, there is another young man watching the film. It is none other than Miko Brando, Marlon Brando's son and Michael's long-time assistant.
The haunting voice that can be heard doing a rap at the end of the song is that of Vincent Price. In homage to this mythical character, Michael and John Landis decided to insert a number of references to Price in the short film. If you watch closely, you will notice that the film Michael and his girlfriend are watching is called 'Thriller', and feat. Vincent Price in the starring role. Also, the walls are covered with promotional posters for films that Vincent Price actually played in.
Rick Baker is responsible for the special effects. He later worked with Michael on 'Moonwalker'.
Fans will be able to watch the King of Pop in action and enjoy the music, the dance and the performance!
Make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible as for sure the cinema will be full very quickly!
City: Lima, Perú.
Time: August 25 11:00 Am
Place : Cinema Cinestar
Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson Had Enough Drugs In Him To 'Drop A Rhino', Say Police. 21-06-'19
Pop superstar Michael Jackson died in 2009 after his doctor Conrad Murray gave him an overdose of powerful anesthetic Propofol.
Michael Jackson had enough drugs in his system to "drop a rhinoceros", according to police who investigated his 2009 death.
The King of Pop, 50, was killed by an overdose of powerful anesthetic Propofol, which had been administered by his personal doctor Conrad Murray.
Jackson suffered a cardiac arrests and paramedics were unable to save him, and Murray was later jailed for involuntary manslaughter.
A new documentary examines what Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, three of the police officers who worked the case have spoken for the first time.
Orlando Martinez, Dan Myers and Scott Smith who were police officers investigating Jackson's death.
'Killing Michael Jackson' features the three US detectives who led the original investigation – Orlando Martinez, Dan Myers and Scott Smith.
In the Quest Red show, Martinez explained: "He had enough Propofol in him to drop a rhinoceros. "
Steve Shafer, Professor of Anaesthesiology at Stanford University, also took part in the documentary and claimed Murray incorrectly administered the drug.
He explained: "Basically, Murray was using the saline bag to hang the bottle of propofol from the stand and also, I think, to hide it because he didn’t want anybody to know he was using Propofol."
The documentary also shows photographs from inside Jackson’s home treatment room, bedroom, and of Murray’s medical bag.
The detectives recall finding Jackson’s treatment room scattered with medicines, a doll, and Jackson’s computer.
Martinez described entering the scene, saying : "There were post-it notes, or pieces of paper taped all over the room and mirrors and doors with little slogans or phrases.
"I don’t know if they were lyrics or thoughts. Some of them seemed like poems. The bedroom was. it was a mess.
"There was a computer on the bed, there was a lifelike doll on the bed, and there was kind of like advertisements pictures of babies."
Dr Murray was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson at a trial in 2011.
He received the maximum sentence of four years in prison. His Texas medical license was revoked and his California and Nevada licenses were suspended.
Dr Murray served two years in prison before being released on parole.
* Killing Michael Jackson airs 10pm Saturday 22 June exclusively on Quest Red.
Source: Mirror / Billie Jean
10 Years Later, A Look At People Surrounding Michael Jackson. 21-06-'19
A look at the status of the major figures in the life and death of Michael Jackson after 10 years, starting with the King of Pop himself:
Michael Jackson: Jackson, who would be 60 years old were he alive, was rehearsing for a tour intended to rehabilitate his career, finances and image when he died at age 50 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. His death would be a watershed moment, with an outpouring of public affection expressed in an era of burgeoning social media. There was a public memorial service viewed around the world, and a revival of his music and stardom. Posthumous albums, a film drawn from the rehearsals for his final tour and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows using his music helped him become as profitable a pop star in death as he was in life. Allegations of child molestation that dogged him in his final years and peaked with a 2005 trial that ended in his acquittal on criminal charges were mostly forgotten, at least until a revival of them in a documentary earlier this year . He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, nearly two months after his death.
Joseph Jackson, father: Joseph Jackson died on June 27, 2018 , at age 89, becoming the only person in Michael Jackson's immediate family who has passed in the decade since the singer's death. A demanding and fearsome patriarch who guided his son's career through The Jackson 5 and early solo years, Joe Jackson had a difficult relationship with his son. He was omitted from his son's will, and waged a fruitless legal battle seeking compensation. He was buried in the same cemetery as his son.
Katherine Jackson, mother: Now 89, Katherine Jackson became more famous after her son's death than she had ever been. She received roughly half her son's estate in his will, and acted as guardian to his three young children immediately after his death, a role her nephew T.J. Jackson has shared in recent years. She was the lead plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live, alleging that the company's hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who administered the drugs that killed Jackson, made the company responsible for his death. A jury rejected the claim in 2015.
Janet Jackson, sister: The only one of Michael Jackson's siblings who has remotely approached her brother's success as a solo artist, Janet Jackson, 53, has remained popular in the decade since her brother's death. She appeared in films including 2010's 'For Colored Girls', and released a self-help book titled 'True You: A Journey To Finding And Loving Yourself' in 2011. That same year she went on a 35-city greatest hits concert tour, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. She has also focused on charity work and caring for her son, who was born in January 2017.
Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Randy Jackson, brothers: Jackson's brothers have kept the family act alive since his death with tours, recordings and shows in various groupings and as solo artists. Many of the siblings, all of whom were left out of Michael's will, were harshly critical of the administration of Jackson's estate. Youngest brother Randy — who does not tour with his brothers but has co-founded a label with sister Janet — has accused the executors of fraud. The brothers were quick to defend Michael's legacy when the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland' was released this year. They immediately left a tour of Australia to give interviews. "I thought, 'Oh here we go again,'" Jackson's oldest brother, Jackie, told The Associated Press in February. Tito Jackson added, "He's not here no more. He's passed, and, we're his brothers, we're supposed to do this."
LaToya and Rebbie Jackson, sisters: LaToya Jackson, now 63, was among the first family members to arrive at the Los Angeles hospital where her brother was declared dead, and is listed on his death certificate as the person who officially gave notice of his death. A minor pop star who frequently appeared in tabloids in the 1980's and 1990's, LaToya Jackson's career has been mostly in reality TV in the past decade. She was a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice', and had her own reality show, 'Life With LaToya', on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable channel for two seasons starting in 2013. Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson, at 69 the eldest of the Jackson children, is a singer who has continued recording and touring in the past 10 years.
Michael Joseph Jackson II, son: Michael Jackson's oldest child, who goes by "Prince," was 12 when his father died and is now 22. He graduated in May from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he got a bachelor's degree in business administration. He shared graduation-day photos of himself with relatives on an Instagram account where he posts often, leading a relatively public life compared to his childhood, when his father often had him and his two siblings wear masks in public. After their father's death, the three kids were raised by their grandmother Katherine Jackson and cousin T.J. Jackson.
Paris Jackson, daughter: Now 21, Paris at 11 years old became the public face of grief for the singer when she took the microphone in tears at her father's public memorial and said, "I just want to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much." She told Rolling Stone in a 2017 interview that she struggled with drugs and depression in the years after her father's death and attempted suicide in 2015 before finding sobriety and stability. She has dabbled in modeling, acting and music and is a sought-after celebrity who is also subject of intense tabloid interest. "Basically, as a person, she is who my dad is," her big brother Prince Jackson told Rolling Stone , "in all of her strengths, and almost all her weaknesses as well. She's very passionate." She told the magazine she has at least nine tattoos devoted to her father. "He brought me nothing but joy," Paris Jackson said. "So why not have constant reminders of joy?"
Prince Jackson II, son: Confusingly, the Jackson child whose birth name is Prince is not the one who goes by Prince (that's the elder brother). Seventeen-year-old Prince Jackson II, the son of Michael and an unknown surrogate, gained strange fame as a baby when his father jokingly dangled him over a balcony. He was known for most of his life as "Blanket." His father said the nickname was meant to mean being wrapped in blessings, as in being "blanketed" with love. At 17, he now goes by the name "Bigi" (BEE'-gee). He has been the most private of the Jackson siblings. He currently attends the private Buckley School in Los Angeles.
Debbie Rowe, second wife: Michael Jackson's second wife, a nurse he met when she worked for his dermatologist, Rowe is the mother of his two older children. She was absent from the kids' life when their father was alive, but reached an agreement with Katherine Jackson after his death that led to visits with them, though it's not clear how much of a relationship she has with them.
Conrad Murray, Doctor: Murray, now 66, had been hired just a few weeks before he administered what turned out to be a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson. Murray, who had no training in the use of the drug, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. After a televised trial that took more than six weeks in 2011, a Los Angeles jury found him guilty. A judge called him "a disgrace to the medical profession" and sentenced him to four years in prison. He was released two years ahead of schedule because of good behavior and California's prison overcrowding. He lost medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas, and was rejected in 2013 when he tried to regain the Texas license. He has kept a low profile since his release, most recently living alone in a condominium in Florida. He spoke to Inside Edition in 2016, maintaining that he had done nothing wrong. "I lost everything," he told the TV show. "Everything I've amassed has been taken from me as a result of an unjust verdict. I am and I remain an innocent man."
Quincy Jones, producer: The 86-year-old who produced Michael's biggest hits was awarded $9.4 million from the Jackson Estate by a jury in 2017 that ruled he was owed production fees for 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller' and other recordings. Jones had sought $30 million.
Wade Robson and James Safechuck, accusers: Robson and Safechuck, both of whom spent long stretches with Michael Jackson as boys, told authorities when he was accused of child molestation that he had never inappropriately touched them, with Robson testifying as much in the 2005 criminal trial that ended in the pop star's acquittal. But Robson, who became a popular pop-music choreographer as an adult, filed a lawsuit in 2013 alleging that Jackson had in fact molested him. Safechuck filed his own suit with similar allegations the same year. Both suits were thrown out on technical grounds, and are now on appeal. Earlier this year, they told their stories in graphic detail in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', reviving public discussion of Jackson as alleged sexual abuser. Jackson's estate and family have denounced the men's stories as full of falsehoods.
John Branca, Executor of Estate: Branca, an entertainment attorney who worked with Michael Jackson at the height of his fame in the 1980's, had just returned to Jackson's fold eight days before the singer's death. He has played a major role since then as the co-executor of Jackson's estate, turning nearly $500 million in debt into assets of over $1 billion.
Dr. Conrad Murray receives four-year sentence in Michael Jackson’s death - HISTORY
Herman Cain Campaign Interview with Alveda King Iranian Protests
Aired November 29, 2011 - 19:00 ET
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ERIN BURNETT, HOST: Thanks, John. The super committee speaks to OUTFRONT. They're under pressure to make a terrible situation a lot worse tonight. What's on the table? We put it there for you.
And then sentenced, Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray gets the max, but how much time will he actually serve? And breaking news on Herman Cain some key endorsers jumping ship a day after a woman alleged a 13-year affair with Cain.
I'm Erin Burnett. OUTFRONT tonight we begin with breaking news. Herman Cain losing key support in New Hampshire one day after a Georgia woman claims she had a 13-year affair with the candidate. One New Hampshire state representative, William Panek, confirming to OUTFRONT that he is withdrawing his support for Cain and switching to Newt Gingrich, adding the alleged affair was quote, "the final straw" and within the last hour, the presidential candidate sending a message to his supporters.
And I read it in part, quote "This woman's story is completely false. I am asking for your friendship. I am also asking for your prayers and support. This is a trying time for my family, my campaign, and for me." And I'm looking at the letter here which concludes with, the ability to buy Herman Cain t-shirts and donate money. Money is what this is going to come down to.
Cain's plea for support comes after telling staffers this morning that he is quote "reassessing his campaign". A top campaign aide told CNN today, a decision will likely be made within a couple of days. Now as of yesterday Cain was adamant about staying in the race but he said there was one person who could change his mind.
HERMAN CAIN (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: As long as my wife is behind me, and as long as my wife believes that I should stay in this race, I'm staying in this race.
BURNETT: Support for the Republican candidate has been eroding ever since allegations of sexual harassment first came to light. That of course was just last month. Now Herman Cain denies the affair. He also denies all accusations of sexual harassment. Alveda King is a friend of Herman Cain's. She's a volunteer adviser to his campaign. She's OUTFRONT tonight. Alveda, thank you very much for being with us. You have been, I know, texting in contact with Mr. Cain today. What has he been telling you?
ALVEDA KING, FRIEND OF HERMAN CAIN: Well Mr. Cain is reassessing the campaign. Simply any time that you have something hit the campaign you have to reassess. You have to look at your resources. You have to decide how to allocate them. You know he is already prepared to go to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, Nevada, all of these states. And so it is simply an assessment to pay attention to what needs to be done to continue to go forward.
BURNETT: All right, so when do you expect, obviously, sources had told CNN he could be making a decision in terms of his candidacy within the next couple of days. What did he tell you in terms of his time line?
KING: I expect his decision will be that he will press on to Iowa and I'm joining him at his request. He and his family, his wife, praying for all of them, wonderful, wonderful people and I believe that we should continue to be friends of Herman Cain and support him and his march to Iowa and beyond to the White House.
BURNETT: And obviously, I want viewers to know you are looking at a live picture of Herman Cain here speaking tonight at a fund- raiser. Alveda, let me just ask you, you've known him. Tell me -- tell our viewers, how long have you known Herman Cain? I know you don't know Ginger White, the woman who accused him of the 13-year affair. And I know you don't know his wife terribly well but what do you know of Herman Cain?
KING: I have known Mr. Cain since 2000. He and his wife Gloria attend the church, Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. My father was very close friends, Reverend A.B. King (ph), with the pastor of that church and I've known Mr. Cain a strong warrior for life, for marriage, for family, for the economy. He is a rocket scientist. He worked for the Navy, you know graduated from Morehouse College, a historically black college, pro-life man and all of that.
But you know this really boils down to if you have two African- American men in the general election with opposing political views, the race card goes away. There can be no question of race. They're both black men. And it will change that base. Many people who voted for Mr. Obama in the last election did so based on skin color. So you have two men with the same color skin and we are going to hear real political issues from opposing political viewpoints and that's really what this is about.
BURNETT: All right, so tell me, Alveda, as you've known Herman Cain for a long time. You're a woman though and obviously women sometimes see these sorts of allegations differently than men. Why do you believe Herman Cain? And is there a little part of you just somewhere inside that says gosh, where there's smoke, there's fire. I've got a little bit of doubt. KING: Well there are so many women who know Mr. Cain. We've known him for many years. A woman knows a skirt chaser when a woman sees a skirt chaser. Mr. Herman Cain doesn't chase skirts. He chases solutions for America. So you know these allegations are not true.
And you know it's so strange that many of these women, for three years coming out of the Restaurant Association, many affiliated with Chicago and the man is not a skirt chaser. There are too many women for Herman Cain who will tell you that unequivocally and I'm one of them and I get text messages from him and you know there's nothing improper about those conversations at all.
BURNETT: And you have specific reasons for not believing Ginger White.
KING: Well, you know, one reason, if you think about Miss White she says she's had an affair with Mr. Cain for 13 years. And it was intriguing, it was exciting. Now this is a man who has been fighting cancer. He victoriously won it on chemotherapy with a low libido who was supposed to be having an affair with a lady at the time that he was recovering from cancer on chemotherapy. You know so how much affair was going on? No affair. The lady is not telling the truth.
BURNETT: Alveda, are you going to stick with him and what -- how will you feel if it turns out that any of these allegations turn out in fact to have been true?
KING: This is tabloid politics. You know, people really want to hear about the issues. We want to hear Mr. Herman -- more about 9-9- 9, about opportunity zones, about his energy plan. These are these things that America wants to hear. We want to get rid of the race card. Send two black men into the general election. Let them talk from different perspectives. Hear what Mr. Herman Cain is saying. America wants solutions. America wants a leader. No more tabloid politics. President Obama is chasing around stimulus dollars on a failing stimulus plan and here's the man with the solution that can heal America.
BURNETT: Alveda, thank you very much. A passionate defense up for Herman Cain, as you can see who at this moment is speaking in Hillsdale, Michigan and as our sources say, expected to make a decision possibly on the future of his candidacy in the next few days. Let's bring in John Avlon now, senior columnist for "Newsweek" and "The Daily Beast", Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist and Scott Stanzel, former Bush deputy press secretary and Republican strategist.
OK. Let me just put this question to you, Scott. Can he survive this? I mean there is the whole smoke/fire question. There is also the fact that nobody wants anybody talking about their libido on national TV, even in defense of them.
SCOTT STANZEL, GOP STRATEGIST: Yes, that's right. And I do think it is solely up to Mr. Cain as to whether or not he stays in the race. Ultimately he'll have to make the decision as to whether he can recover from this. Whether the odds are too long and whether he can continue to see this sustained damage of his reputation. You know his campaign was built on media attention last month. That's how he gained his rise to the polls.
It was an untraditional campaign. Not built on organization. And I think in this case it is a little bit of live by the sword, die by the sword. Because the media coverage of his campaign obviously has turned very swiftly and I'm not sure he can recover. I think the allegations that we heard this week about the affair lead to that, where there is smoke, there may be fire. And it seems that he may be smoked out of the race because of all of it.
BURNETT: All right, let me throw up a poll here, CNN poll in November. Who is your second choice for GOP voters? Newt Gingrich, number one, 38 percent of would-be voters who are voting for Cain at the time said they would vote for Gingrich if Cain wasn't in the race and 25 percent said Romney. John Avlon, I mean what do you think of that? This is Newt's win.
JOHN AVLON, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: That's exactly right and this is -- the poll was done before these latest round of allegations really sunk in. What you see is that Gingrich is coalescing the conservative alternative to the Romney vote that had moved from Perry to Herman Cain in the month of September. But really we've spent a month of this presidential campaign talking about this man's sex life with allegations that are ugly and harmful. And it is a sign of how much the side show has just moved into the big tent and now we drag this out this week. Ultimately Herman Cain and his wife Gloria are going to decide whether this campaign goes on.
BURNETT: And of course the donors, right? I mean --
AVLON: Right and in that donor e-mail tonight, they categorically said Ginger White's story was false --
AVLON: And his own lawyer gave the classic non-denial, denial last night not saying that, so you set up a real problem here. You can't contradict yourself you know this way --
BURNETT: Jamal, Jamal, let me ask you, it's interesting because Newt Gingrich gaining from this of course has its own level of irony, right? Newt Gingrich has survived in his past affairs to which he has admitted. He has been forthright about that. Newt -- his quote was quote, "Newt has been honest and forthright about the fact he has had moments in his life that he regrets, that he has had to seek reconciliation and go to God for forgiveness." So it's on his own Web site here. But how do you think this affects -- there is an irony here. Am I wrong?
JAMAL SIMMONS, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Oh it's certainly an irony. And it would take Herman Cain to make Newt Gingrich's personal life not look so outrageous. So you know sometimes when you're Herman Cain, you've got to just -- you've got to pick your chips up and your cards, leave the table and buy yourself into another game unless you're going to spend all your money here, he doesn't have anything left. So I think if Herman Cain really wants to be a speaker and a writer, an author, and get a show or whatever else he wants to do, now is maybe the time for him to get moving and go find something else to do. But it's amazing that we've spent the last you know few weeks talking about this when this is not -- these are not the issues of the country. Herman Cain is not going to be president.
SIMMONS: He's not going to win the nomination. If he wins the nomination, it's a very steep road for him to beat the president of the United States. So I would like for to us get back to talking about you know some of these other candidates who really do stand a chance --
BURNETT: And the issues, which forgetting Herman Cain, there is something to be said for a tabloid level of focus on all candidates.
AVLON: That's right. I mean when sex scandals suck up the oxygen we don't talk substance. We don't talk policy. And the other candidates have a hard time getting into the conversation, especially if they're trying to put forward real policy plans. That only cheats the American people and reduces the whole level of the presidential campaign.
SIMMONS: You know the thing about Newt Gingrich is Newt Gingrich probably does know who the president of Uzbekistan is, so you know at least Newt Gingrich reads his briefing books and we know when he sits down at the table, he came seriously ready to play.
BURNETT: That's right. All right, well thanks to all three. We appreciate your taking the time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.
BURNETT: And OUTFRONT next, American Airlines files for bankruptcy. They don't have showers on their planes. I'll explain.
A crowd of protesters storms the British Embassy in Tehran after Iran's parliament voted to expel the British ambassador and the latest from the Syracuse molestation scandal. The police chief admits his force failed to follow up on tips of abuse they got nine years ago.
BURNETT: American Airlines parent AMR filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. One of the big problems was labor costs which AMR CEO Tom Horton discussed with our Richard Quest.
THOMAS HORTON, CEO, AMR CORP.: Our labor costs alone are something on the order of $800 million higher than our big competitors on average.
BURNETT: All right rising oil costs and the weaker global economy also hurting American Airlines forcing it to file for bankruptcy. But this brings us to our number tonight, 34. That's how many passenger airlines have filed for bankruptcy in America in the past 10 years. One airline we spoke to says that American Airlines and we're talking about the group now, just not the company, faced stricter rules and more taxes than many of their international counterparts and that hurts them. It sure shows.
Take a look at some of these pictures from Singapore. That's coach on Singapore Airlines. Lufthansa, that's not coach and Emirates -- I believe that's Lufthansa -- and Emirates Airlines, nice seats, yes that's Emirates, OK and do you know what that is? That's a shower. Not that. But you just saw it, a shower on Emirates. All right and we're not saying we should go that far but airlines are sort of something where it is a point of national pride and they stand for your country around the world.
Someone gets on an American Airlines plane, you know the tray table is nasty and it has sticky food on it and you get on Lufthansa and the tray table is clean. Well it's a tough thing. It's a point of national pride, so it's just something we wanted to think about. For those of you who are planning to flight on American Airlines, don't worry, your flight should be unaffected by the bankruptcy filing, but just something to chew on.
All right, a crowd of Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy in Tehran today, breaking down the door and throwing rocks. Now it ended with a dozen arrests and the protests came after Iran's parliament voted to expel the British ambassador for the nation's economic sanctions after a report suggested Iran was working on acquiring nuclear weapons.
Joining us from Cambridge, Massachusetts is "New York Times" Washington correspondent David Sanger. David, hey, great to see you and let me just ask you, what really happened today? Obviously we've had protests before at this Embassy, but this was violent. There was a lot of vitriol. What happened?
DAVID SANGER, WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT, NYT: Well, Erin, I think what was remarkable about this particular protest is that it appeared to have been government sanctioned at a fairly large number of what the Iranians said were students, but perhaps they could have been members of the C (ph) force or some other official Iranian force. Came in literally, ransacked the Embassy.
The Embassy building in Tehran for the British is a very large complex. It's on about 50 acres, roughly the size of the whole White House complex. And they tore up the place. They lit a car on fire. There have been conflicting reports about whether or not they may have briefly held some employees hostage. They were later released --
BURNETT: Wow. SANGER: -- and eventually riot police got them out.
BURNETT: So what happens here? I mean obviously the -- Britain have gone a little bit further even than the U.S. when it comes to the Central Bank of Iran. They said hey we're not going to do business with you anymore. That was something that the U.S. which has been so you know gung-ho on sanctions pulled back a little bit from. Is this just indicative of how much that hurt Iran or intended to be a lesson or a signal to the U.S.?
SANGER: Well I think that there were a couple of things going on as you suggested. The first is there is no U.S. Embassy.
SANGER: There hasn't been one since the U.S. and Iran broke diplomatic relations after the hostage crisis in 1979. So the British were the next best target. Secondly, as you indicate, the sanctions in recent weeks that the British have invoked are significantly harsher. They've basically cut off all dealings with the Central Bank. The Obama administration didn't go that far because they were concerned that if they did, they would have to cut off relationships with banks of friendly countries that do business with Tehran including the Japanese, the South Koreans and others. I think the third thing that's going on though is that Tehran wants to indicate that they're not going to simply sit and take these sanctions that there will be a price to be paid in the West.
BURNETT: And David, what's your bottom line view on this? You've spent years and years reporting on this story, but Iran and a nuclear weapon. Is it really inevitable?
SANGER: You know, I think at this point it would be very difficult to stop if the current regime in Iran remains in place. And what you've really seen happen in the past two or three years is really a race against time in which the United States and Israel have tried to among other countries, slow the Iranian program partly through sanctions, partly through sabotage like stuck Smith (ph), the computer virus that killed off many of the centrifuges for a while. And what they're hoping is that there is some change of political decisions about the nuclear program in Iran while it slowed down. But you can't slow it forever and it's unclear right now despite what governments say whether or not they're really willing to take further steps.
BURNETT: All right, well that's going to be a story the world watches. David Sanger thanks.
BURNETT: Late today the credit rating agency S&P downgraded six major American banks. Now this was thanks in large part to exposure to Europe. Now this could mean loans are harder to come by in America and interest rates are higher for borrowers. It is further proof of just how much Europe matters to regular Americans. But the truth is there is not a lot of appetite in America to help Europe right now and the administration says it won't.
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We do not in any way believe that additional resources are required from the United States from American taxpayers.
BURNETT: Taxpayers, maybe so but here's the bottom line, Europe matters so much to America that we already are helping them every single day. Ben Bernanke is the man in charge. Lou Green (ph) is an economist with DRW Holdings and he explains that the U.S. Federal Reserve led by Ben Bernanke has made unlimited dollars available to European banks, including a few downgraded by S&P today, like Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale and BNP Paribas and the Fed can go further.
Ben Bernanke has the authority to buy the debt of foreign governments. Now the Fed has told Congress they will not use this power to quote "bail out foreign governments", that they'd only purchase quote "highly rated foreign government debt." But that's all rhetoric because as of tonight that means the Fed can buy the debt of Germany, France and Britain. They're all highly rated.
So the U.S. Treasury could be out there buying bonds to keep Europe from crashing. Now we called the Fed and didn't get a comment tonight. But by the way, for those of you keeping score, the Standard & Poor's batch downgrade included two banks that got upgraded, both of them are Chinese.
Well OUTFRONT next the "OutFront 5", Facebook getting ready for $100 billion IPO?
And speaking of privacy "We Can't Resist" telling you all about something we're not supposed to talk about. We'll be back.
BURNETT: And now a story, "We Can't Resist" even though maybe we should. All right the World Toilet Summit was held in China this week. It is the 11th annual summit of that particular sort. The annual event brings together top government officials in academics to solve the world's sanitation problems. But they also know how to have some fun. And in addition to some very serious lectures and discussions, the summit also includes a showcase of exciting developments in the world of toilets and toilet accessories.
This year the heads of the world's largest toilet companies in the world and we assume their number two's were also there were wowed by one particular product. A toilet made entirely of gold. Yes, and like a car show, a beautiful lady to show it. This fully functional toilet is coated with a layer of 24 karat gold and valued at more than $200,000. Yes, that's one expensive toilet and but -- there's always a but.
Before you drop a few large on a new toilet, you should know this isn't your only luxury option. There are loads of gold plated and Swarovski crystal studded toilets even, all available online. And if you're looking for toilets cheaper than these you're in luck because there are some innovations available for the mere mortals among us. A British company called Captive Media has developed a urinal mounted video game for bars.
You see it here. According to the company, the user is presented with three targets and a 12-inch LCD console. Now so far the unit offers just two games. A pub quiz and a skiing challenge but more are planned and if you're the competitive type, it allows to you immediately post your score to Twitter and a live leader board, so good luck going for number one. We just couldn't resist.
BURNETT: Still OUTFRONT the "OutFront 5": Sentenced.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can't have probation.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: God said in order for him to forgive me of my sins, I had to forgive Terry Nichols (ph).
BURNETT: All this OUTFRONT in our second half.
BURNETT: We start the second half of our show with stories we care about where we focus on our own reporting, do the work, and find the OUTFRONT 5.
Number one tonight: Herman Cain's new message to supporters. We had it in the past hour. The GOP candidate said to donors that the affair claimed by Georgia woman Ginger White is, quote, "completely false."
Cain friend and volunteer campaign adviser Alveda King came OUTFRONT tonight. She said she does believe any allegations of an affair. She said that Cain is not a, quote, "skirt chaser" and that his libido would be too low from his cancer recovery to have an affair. King also said she believes Cain will run in Iowa and not drop out.
Number two: one of the eight unidentified victims of serious killer John Wayne Gacy is no longer a John Doe. DNA tests identify William George Bundy as one of eight remains exhumed this summer by investigators in an attempt to finally offer some closure through DNA tests. There are now seven unidentified victims.
The sheriff's office told OUTFRONT that it is waiting for results of DNA tests on five other families. Gacy killed 33 young men and boys in the '70s, with most of the bodies found hidden in his Chicago area home. Number three: Facebook settled a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission that the site lied when it said user information would be private. Now, Facebook agreed to 20 years of privacy audits and will you now warn users of privacy changes.
The FTC tells OUTFRONT tonight it has the power to fine Facebook $16,000 per violation per day. Facebook could probably afford those fines. Recent reports on a likely Facebook IPO put the company's value at $100 billion.
Number four: consumer confidence jumped to its high he was level since July. That's great news for the economy. The conference report it easily outperformed expectations showing consumers think the economic situation in America is improving.
Now, despite the good news, analysts told OUTFRONT that consumer confidence could drop again based on the failure of the super committee combined with the crisis in Europe.
Speaking of the super committee, it has been 116 days since America lost its top credit rating. What are we doing to get it back?
We certainly didn't get any help from the deficit super committee. Last week's super failure to reach a deal to reduce the deficit led to automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion. Now, those don't go into if he can until early 2013.
It's a so-called sequestration. A big word that is really all that stands between us and another credit downgrade.
But Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are already working on a plan to weasel out of the scheduled $600 billion in defense cut. Today, Democratic Representative Jim Clyburn, a member of the super committee said he is open to rolling back those cuts, too. President Obama is on the record on this.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Already, some in Congress are trying to undue these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts, domestic and defense spending.
BURNETT: Representative Chris Van Hollen was a member of the super committee. He's OUTFRONT with us tonight.
Congressman, good to have you with us. We appreciate it.
REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D), MARYLAND: You, too, Erin.
BURNETT: And let's cut straight to this issue of the sequestration, the defense cuts in particular. John McCain and Lindsey Graham open to rolling it back. Jim Clyburn, a member of the -- Democratic member of the committee also open to it. Are you?
VAN HOLLEN: I'm not. The president is absolutely right to threaten to veto of any effort to undo the sequestration because if you undo the $1.2 billion sequestration, you immediately automatically increase the deficit by $1.2 trillion. That sends a terrible signal to people in the markets and other places around the world. And it would be bad for the economy.
So I think that's a bad idea. What we should try and do is find a way to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion in a reasonable way. Not in an across the board way. Of course, that's what the super committee unfortunately failed to do.
BURNETT: And is there any chance that there could be some sort of a break through from this point? Or it's done. You guys are disbanded.
VAN HOLLEN: Erin, I'm afraid it is done. And it's very difficult to see how this issue will get resolved before the election at this point. You know, the super committee had these expedited powers -- meaning if we came up with a recommendation, you would get an up or down vote.
VAN HOLLEN: No dragging their feet in Congress. Without that, it makes it much more difficult.
BURNETT: It's really a tragedy. Let me ask you about something that happened today, sir, if I could. Obviously, the payroll tax and the extension of unemployment benefit insurance are up right now for discussion. The payroll tax, in particular, a lot of talk today.
Senate Republicans saying, OK, we want to extend it. That's $1,500 per family on average in tax savings next year if they do. They're not willing to put a surtax on millionaires to pay for it.
Obviously, most Americans are supportive of taxing millionaires more. But it is also true that it is hard to imagine a tax, surtax becoming temporary. And it would end up becoming permanent. What is your view on this?
VAN HOLLEN: Well, my view first of al is we should definitely extend the payroll tax holiday. Senator Kyl, one of the leading senators the other day said the Republicans did not want to extend it and it is important for people to understand that would be an immediate tax increase on every working American, beginning January 1st, which obviously would be very bad for a very fragile economy.
So, we need to get that done. I think that the Senate Democratic proposal to ask the folks at the very top, millionaires, to pitch in, to try and pay for this is the right way to go. But if there are other ideas for doing it, I'm certainly open to looking at them. But again, they've put a proposal on the table, the Senate Democrats. Let's see an alternative. BURNETT: All right. Well, thank you very much, sir. We appreciate it. We look forward to having you back on again as we try to solve this problem.
VAN HOLLEN: Thanks, Erin. Likewise.
BURNETT: All right. Thank you, sir.
BURNETT: We turn to the latest on the Syracuse sex abuse case. Syracuse police Chief Frank Fowler admitted today that in 2002, police failed to follow up on tips. That Syracuse university assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine had been accused of sexual abuse by a former team ball boy.
Fine was fired on Sunday after the recording of a call between his wife Laurie Fine and a third victim appeared to show that she was aware of the abuse. In an ESPN radio interview today, the Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim was asked about how he and the team have been weathering the scandal.
JIM BOEHEIM, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL COACH: The players have no distractions. The players are not a part of anything. They don't know anything about it. It's stuff that happened a long time ago. And they are focused on being a good basketball team and being good players. That's what their focus should be.
BURNETT: Also, just in. New York Knicks player and Syracuse alum Carmelo Anthony appeared at a Brooklyn Boys and Girls Club a short time ago and broke his silence about the scandal.
CARMELO ANTHONY, NEW YORK KNICKS, SYRACUSE ALUM: My heart goes out to the families. And that's it. I have no comment about Fine's situation. That's a sensitive situation, a sensitive topic right now that I don't even want to go near it.
BURNETT: All right. Well, we're going to go near it now. Let's go to the Syracuse campus and bring in Ed Lavandera. He has been covering the story for us.
Ed, with the admission by the police chief today about his predecessor dropping the ball, you know, getting the tip in 2002, almost 10 years have gone by. They didn't follow up on it. They dropped the ball. This seems we have come down to a case of who knew what when, right?
ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Exactly, Erin. And what police here in Syracuse are telling me is we didn't have enough to open up a formal investigation. They said that all the contact they had with Bobby Davis, who is the first accuser in this case, initially came through a woman that he knows who reached out to police and that it was only a short phone call that Bobby Davis had with investigators back in 2002. They say Bobby Davis never came in. And the police chief at the time, it went all the way to him and they said they would now open up a formal investigation unless that accuser Bobby Davis came in and met with the detective or pointed detectives some other directions of other victims that corroborate by these stories.
What's interesting, Erin, is that the police chief of the Syracuse police department at that time, back in 2002, a man by the name of Dennis DuVal. Many people who follow Syracuse basketball know him as Sweet D. He was a prominent player for the Syracuse University basketball team back in the early '70s, just a few years before Bernie Fine got here to the campus.
BURNETT: Wow, that's interesting. And I know that you're obviously, Ed, it's raining there. The game is going on in the stadium behind you. Do you anticipate any kind of statement from coach Boeheim tonight?
LAVANDERA: Sorry. Lost the microphone.
BURNETT: Sorry. I wasn't sure. It was raining so hard, Ed. It could have just been the rain. There you go.
LAVANDERA: I apologize. We're going to make it work here.
Yes. The basketball game just tipped off a little while ago. Here as well, Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse University basketball team on the court playing Eastern Michigan. When the team came out, Boeheim got a strong ovation from the crowd that was already in the stadium. So, we couldn't hear any booing or anything like that.
What will be interesting will be what happens after the game. I was here for when the story first broke. And Boeheim had to be prodded a little bit. But he did talk about the Fine situation. At the time, they had left a seat open on the bench. He had been put on administrative leave. That seat is not being left empty in his honor.
So, the tone of what Boeheim has said has changed quite dramatically over the last few weeks. We'll see how his demeanor changes here in the post-game press conference coming up shortly.
BURNETT: All right. Well, Ed, thanks so much. Good to see you. And, of course, we'll be talking to Ed as he keeps covering the story at Syracuse.
Still OUTFRONT, Conrad Murray sentenced today. He got the max for involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. But how much time is he really going to serve?
BURNETT: We do this at the same time every night, our "Outer Circle." We reach out to our sources around the world.
And tonight to Pakistan, where the government says it's boycotting an international conference about the future of Afghanistan. This after NATO killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Reza Sayah is in Islamabad.
And, Reza, how much pressure are Pakistanis putting on their government to do this boycott?
REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Erin, Pakistan is under tremendous pressure domestically to take a tough stand after this incident. Remember, to a lot of militant groups here, Islamist groups, this government is already viewed as a U.S. lackey. They're already viewed as the enemy because of their partnership with the U.S.
So, if they're perceived as being soft after this incident, if they're perceived as being OK, that U.S. forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, they could lose a lot of public support. But more importantly, it could be a rallying cry for these militant groups to start attacking the government. Something they've done many times before, Erin.
BURNETT: All right. Reza, thank you. And now to Britain where public sector workers are expected to strike tomorrow about pension reform.
Richard Quest is in London.
Richard, how is this strike going to affect London?
RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Erin, with 2 million public sectors workers going out on strike, it promises to be one of the biggest disputes for decades. Hospitals will be hit, schools will be closed.
Britain's airports will be affected. There won't be so many passport offices to check passports and immigration. Long, long delays are expected. Flights will be canceled. And passengers are being told, if you don't have to travel to Britain tomorrow, don't -- Erin.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dr. Murray abandoned his patient and is and remains dangerous. You can't have probation.
BURNETT: Four years in jail. That's what Dr. Conrad Murray received for causing the death of Michael Jackson. The judge gave Murray the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter after delivering a scathing stale to the court, saying Murray had abandoned his patient and is a disgrace to the medical profession.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JUDGE MICHAEL PASTOR, L.A. COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT: Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine, the practice of Propofol for medicine madness.
BURNETT: As Murray was let out of the court, he stopped to blow a kiss to a person in the gallery and will be serving his sentence in the Los Angeles County jail.
We got a panel of experts to talk about this case tonight.
Brian Oxman, a lifelong Jackson family friend Paul Callan, a former prosecutor and legal contributor and Charles Peckham, Conrad Murray's civil attorney, which is a very important part of this story.
But, Paul, let me start with you. The four-year sentence, the maximum possible. Likely, obviously he could be out in less time than that -- two years.
So, walk me through how this happens -- how he gets out and what happens then.
PAUL CALLAN, CNN LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR: Well, it seems like a very light sentence, doesn't it, for the death of a human being. And under California law, he gets an automatic reduction to two years as a result of their sentencing laws. And because of prison overcrowding in California, he is going to serve that time in the Los Angeles jail as opposed to a more serious state prison.
So, compared to what he would be doing time-wise in other states, I think it would be viewed as a relatively lenient sentence.
BURNETT: Brian, how does the Jackson family feel? I know, obviously you've known them for 20-plus years. What do they think about the sentence?
BRIAN OXMAN, ATTORNEY FOR JOE JACKSON: They approve of the sentence but the real factor that really struck me as I talk to Randy Jackson was that this is empty. There is nothing but tears left to talk about here. It doesn't bring Michael back. It doesn't solve the problem.
There are other people who are involved in Michael Jackson's death that have simply been ignored. And I think the bottom line of all this is, is that there is no feeling of justice and certainly no feeling of retribution.
BURNETT: So many people, of course, who felt if not him, it would have been someone else. I want to play a clip from an interview that Conrad Murray did with the "Today" show and then I'll get your reaction to that, Paul and Charles. Here it is.
DR. CONRAD MURRAY, MICHAEL JACKSON'S DOCTOR: I don't feel guilty because I did not do anything wrong. I am very, very sorry for the loss of Michael. Michael is a personal friend. I -- it's heartfelt. It's been painful.
BURNETT: Did that hurt him, Paul?
CALLAN: It killed him. It's another example of criminal law not being reality TV. I mean he made that statement to the "Today" show before he went to trial. And the judge at sentencing today said you're not getting probation because you have not expressed remorse or sorrow for what you did. Just play the video.
He killed himself by doing that before trial.
BURNETT: So, Charles, what do you think about that? That interview with the "Today" show. And how does that play into your situation now where the judge has said Conrad Murray has to pay the Jackson estate $100 million in restitution. Obviously, he doesn't have the money.
How do you defend this case when he's been convicted on the criminal side?
CHARLES PECKHAM, CONRAD MURRAY'S CIVIL ATTORNEY: Well, of course, you know, the judge did not award $100 million in restitution. They're going to have a hearing on that in January.
Of course, Dr. Murray is distraught. This was a terrible thing to have happened. He never wanted Michael Jackson to die. He never wanted to harm Michael Jackson.
I think if there's a mistake that Dr. Murray made, it was taking on a difficult patient like Michael Jackson to begin with. This was a guy that was obviously drug addicted at the time.
PECKHAM: And that's the problem.
BURNETT: And you're saying so the final $100 hub million in restitution will be decided in January, so you think you've got room there?
PECKHAM: Well, I think this judge, if he's smart and acts like most lawyers would expect him to act, would leave it up to a civil jury to determine those kind of damages. This is not something for restitution. I think Mr. Oxman would probably agree with that.
OXMAN: I would say so. We have a civil case pending. Charles Peckham and I have talked many, many times about where this case goes and what happens to it.
I think the bottom line of today is that the prosecutor was not happy. The defense attorneys were not happy. And the Jackson family, they don't feel that this is really going to bring any kind of change. This was a losing situation all the way around.
BURNETT: Brian, are they going to pursue any other criminal charges, say, the concert promoter or anyone else? That you know of?
OXMAN: The concert promoters are part of the civil lawsuit and they are going to have to answer the questions as to what their responsibility was. I think the judge said something very important. This was money medicine and the concert promoters really were the ones who had the money at stake.
BURNETT: Paul, will he practice medicine again?
CALLAN: No, I don't think he will, although I will tell you, theoretically, it's possible. His license will be pulled automatically for conviction of a serious felony related to the practice of medicine. I think it's unlikely that it would be restored, but you can't rule it out, five, six, seven years down the line.
BURNETT: All right. Well, thank you very much.
PECKHAM: That's just not true. That's not true at all. But --
CALLAN: He can petition -- he can petition for restoration. He's admitted in three states, Nevada, Texas and California. Now, they almost never get their license back, but they try to do it and they petition in states to do it. So, it is possible.
BURNETT: All right. Thank you. All three of you, we appreciate you taking the time. Obviously, this is going to keep going.
Well, it has been more than 16 years since Jannie Coverdell lost her children in the Oklahoma City bombings. A lot of people wouldn't recover from that. They have a lot of hate for the people who did the crime. Not only has Jannie forgiven the men responsible, she actually responds with one of them.
She comes OUTFRONT with her story, next.
BURNETT: Here's a story of almost hard-to-believe forgiveness. We know you remember the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19th, 1995, 168 people were killed, hundreds more injured. Timothy McVeigh has been executed for that crime. His co-conspirator Terry Nichols is serving a life sentence.
And a lot of people are happy to see Nichols rot in prison, but not our next guest. Jannie Coverdale lost her grandsons, 5-year-old Aaron and 2-year-old Elijah in the Oklahoma City bombing. She had full custody of the boys and had just dropped them off in the daycare center in the building that morning.
Jannie joins us now from Oklahoma City. Jannie, thank you so much for being with us.
You've been writing letters back and forth with Terry Nichols for the past, about seven years. What made you reach out and write that first letter?
JANNIE COVERDALE, CORRESPONDS REGULARLY WITH TERRY NICHOLS: Well, I had questions, and I wasn't getting any answers, and they had just finished having Terry Nichols' trial here in Oklahoma. So I got his address and I wrote him. And I said, since God has seen fit to spare your life again, now it's time for you to tell us what really happened.
And I didn't expect Terry to answer my letter because I heard so many things about him being a racist and a government hater, and I really didn't expect him to answer my letter. And he did. So we started writing.
BURNETT: And then what did he say?
COVERDALE: Well, the first -- I can't remember exactly what was on the first letter. I know he talked about the bomb and he talked about how sorry he was for what had happened. And -- but you have to remember this was during the time Terry had not confessed to his family that he had participated in the bombing. He was still -- he still was leading them to believe he had nothing to do with it.
So, we just talked about mostly nothing, and eventually Terry apologized to me. He asked for my forgiveness. And he said for all the pain and suffering I've caused you and your family, please forgive me.
BURNETT: And in your heart -- your heart of hearts, you truly feel that you have forgiven him?
COVERDALE: In my heart of hearts, I know I have forgiven him.
BURNETT: And how often do you write and what else do you, I guess for lack of a better word, talk about in your letters?
COVERDALE: Terry and I write each other about at least once a month. And we talk about my adopted son. He asked about my adopted son because Adrian plays football and he wants to know all about Adrian and the football.
We talk about Terry's oldest son Josh who's in prison. We talk about Terry's mother who has been in and out of the hospital. She has cancer. And then we talk about his other two children.
BURNETT: And when you have corresponding with Terry, obviously in Oklahoma City, so many people were touched by this terrorist attack -- do other family members of people who died that day understand what you're doing? Are they angry with you? What's their reaction been to your decision to become friends in a sense with Terry Nichols?
COVERDALE: They don't say anything one way or the other. I don't try to push it off on them. And if they -- they don't act like they're angry with me. And if they resent me writing Terry, I haven't heard anything about it.
BURNETT: Well, Jannie, thank you so much. I appreciate it. Sad in some ways but such an amazing story. And I know, obviously, Aaron would be 22 today and Elijah 18. Thank you for being with us.
BURNETT: Just an amazing story.
Well, thanks so much as always for watching OUTFRONT tonight. A great night. We'll see sometime tomorrow.
29 thoughts on &ldquoThe Man Who Killed Michael Jackson:Caught In His Own Trap-Pt 2&rdquo
A person truly under the influence of propofol can’t speak at all, because they are in a medically-induced coma. Michael may have been under the influence of the benzos Murray so readily dispensed, or he may just have been drifting off to sleep. I really don’t understand what’s supposed to be so shocking about what he said, or how he sounded. Although it’s been characterized as ‘ incoherent’, in reality every word is comprehensible. The shocking aspect is the fact that Murray recorded Michael, obviously without his knowledge or permission, and then stupidly kept the recording on his phone. He probably used it to impress the ladies in the strip clubs.
I agree. I didn’t quite get it when the media kept saying he was rambling or speaking incoherently, other than to sensationalize it. He is definitely not incoherent at all. He knows exactly what he’s saying, and furthermore, though it is a bit difficult to decipher what he is saying without benefit of transcript, not impossible. I would not even classify it as true rambling, though occasionally you can tell he’s struggling to stay focused. There are some lapses where he seems to sort off drift in and out but he’s not incoherent at any point
Was the prosecution using it to assess how much Michael was under the effect of the drugs at that hour?
Everything from Murray was a lie anyway – what, when, … etc.
I think the main reason for the prosecution using the tape was to show that Murray was well aware of Michael’s condition when he cam eon board, but then proceeded to order even more propofol and to administer even more drugs.
Totally agree Simba. I still cant figure out what is supposed to be so shocking on a man feeling sleepy (what ever may have coused it). Michael makes perfect sense in everything he sais. Kind and thoughtful as ever. Just an other media hype I say… so sad and predictable really. God bless you Michael I just love you more. As far as Dr Conrad.. he has been spinning his selfish web of betrayal and now he is also getting caught in it.
I am surprised anyone who could really consider themselves a true fan would even be able to bear listening to and watching one more moment of Conrad Murray! It makes me puke even thinking of watching that SON OF A BITCH murdering criminal and I can’t see the point of having supported MSNBC/NBC and that British production company who gave him free lunches/perks for being given some $300,000 for making this crap from 2009 onwards! UGH!
I agree with you 100%. But watching the video clips does not contribute to the ratings or profit for MSNBC or anyone else. I did not watch the broadcast, and only watched the doc in its entirety once the clips had been posted on Youtube. The fact is, this doc WAS aired in three major countries, and millions saw it. It behooves us, I think, to at least be aware of its contents. My purpose here is that hopefully, fans who were so worried and upset over the airing can maybe rest a little easier knowing just how bad it really makes Murray look. After seeing it, I came to the conclusion-as many have-that it did Murray far more harm than good, and that is the silver lining here which I’m hoping to get across. I actively supported the effort to prevent this doc from airing and also supported the boycott. But now that it’s done and it aired anyway, I don’t think it hurts for fans to at least be aware of its contents-and really, should be happy that it paints Murray in such a negative light (almost hilarious in a pathetic kind of way, considering that obviously was not the intent). In a way, it’s been a major relief for me, as I’ve gone from anger and outrage to almost having to laugh about it. Murray is going to get his comeuppance for this come sentencing day I really feel that. Trust me, I am as ready to move on from Conrad Murray as anyone else. I was just stating earlier this evening that once I finish the final installment of this, I am pretty much done as far as Conrad Murray. I feel like I’ve already devoted enough time and space to this loser, and I am ready to get back to celebrating Michael Jackson’s life and legacy.
That is exactly how I feel. Thanks for analyzing the documentary as I have not watched. Thank you for doing that “dirty” work.
This Is One Thing That Has Never Been Brought Up Since Michael Passed This Is My Theory Michael Died Around 9:00am That Mourning,Nobody Remember’s That This Was All Over The New’s That Murray’s Nurse’s Was Seen By A Witness At His Storage Unit Removing Box’s. When The New’s Caught Up To One Of The Nurse’s She Laughed & Said That They Were There Picking Up Chair’s But This Has Never Been Spoken About Why Is That ?
I do remember that story. Perhaps it was investigated and did not pan out. But I do think Michael was gone much longer than what Murray’s story supports.
Originally, the EMTs were quoted as saying that MJ had been dead for two to three HOURS when they arrived. That later changed to 20-30 minutes. How then, was he “cool to the touch” as testified to in court and why was an experienced paramedic unable to find a vein in his arm?
I know that MJ would hate these invasions of his privacy, but you, and other bloggers, are the only truth to be had. I thank you and God bless you for it.
Thank you Raven for writing such in-depth reviews of the these ‘programs’. Like many others, I simply cannot look at murray without feeling nauseous and have therefore avoided watching any clips on YT. However, I agree with you 100% that it is VITAL that we are aware of what was said as how can we defend Michael if we do not know? So your blog helps me to do that.
It is clear to me that murray is a sociopath. Just as it is clear to me that there is more to Michael’s death than we will ever know. I am not saying someone sneaked in and murdered Michael or even that he was intentionally killed. More like there has been a campaign by many to control him and thereby gain access to his wealth, which is considerable.
I look forward to reading Part 3. Thank you again and God Bless xxx
Part of the defining characteristic of a sociopath is having no sense of guilt for their actions. They don’t seem to realize how their actions impact others-no do they care. While I’m not a doctor and in no position to diagnose Murray, if you look at his pattern of behavior, it seems to fit the criteria. He has hurt many people in his life-his wife, his children, Michael, Michael’s children, and on and on. Yet he seems to continue to flaunt those very actions that he knows inflicts pain. Sure, he will cry-if someone is saying something nice about HIM. Sociopaths usually have no emotions regarding their actions or the people they have hurt. I don’t know how others feel, but for me, I think I might could have forgiven Murray-or been more inclined to, at least-had he just owned up to his actions from the beginning, admitted he made some terrible mistakes, and accepted his punishment. Instead, he has continued to show no remorse, has needlessly dragged this painful process out (I suppose feeling confident he would get off) and has further rubbed salt in the wound with what we know now about this mockumentary. Even if he’s not the only one guilty here, he IS guilty, and I hope Pastor throws the book at him on Nov 29th.
Michael Jackson’s Killer, Dr. Conrad Murray, “Publishes” E Book And No One Buys It
August 10, 2016
Someone asked me today if the “book” written by Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who killed Michael Jackson, had been published.
I had to look on Amazon.
It does seem like Murray released his e book “This Is It! The Secret Lives of Dr. Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson” on July 26th.
The public has responded with a gigantic Yawn. “Secret Lives” is currently number 25,408 on amazon.com, on their paid Kindle chart.
I didn’t download it, and won’t pay for it. I guess hardly anyone else will, either.
If you know anyone who actually did do that, ask them to email me at [email protected]
It really doesn’t matter what Murray writes. He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He should be in jail still, but was released because of overcrowding. His medical license has been suspended or revoked in the states where he practiced. The book will never see hardcover.
The Daily Telegraph (excerpts):
World Mourns Michael Jackson’s Death
Before his comeback in London, death claimed Pop King Michael Jackson, yesterday at age 50.
The dramatic death of the brilliant singer seemed to obscure his recent controversies and kindle warmer memories of Jackson the child star and Jackson the show-stopping, moonwalking headliner. The worldwide chorus of grief united the famous — statesmen and superstars alike — and the legions of ordinary people who grew up with “Thriller” and “Beat It.”
His death jolted everyone from a young man in Colombia who was named after the King of Pop , to Malaysians who named a soy drink for him, to a generation of people around the world who have tried, in vain, to moonwalk.
Actress Sophia Loren said it was horrible, and she and her children had been frequent visitors to his Neverland Ranch.
London, shocked fans gathered at the Lyric Theatre, where a live show based on Jackson’s record-selling album “Thriller” is being performed, and waited for news about refunds for some 750,000 tickets to his sold-out, 50-night run.
A spokeswoman for AEG Live — the promoters for the London concerts — declined to say how ticket refunds would be handled. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she was not authorized to speak to the media.
There were poignant memories of his final public appearance when he came to London for a March news conference to announce his “This is it” concerts, which he said would mark his farewell to the London stage. A candlelight vigil at London’s Trafalgar Square was planned to honor the singer. Former South African President Nelson Mandela issued a message through his foundation saying Jackson’s loss would be felt worldwide.
Jackson sang at a birthday concert for Mandela in 1998. In 1999, according to local media reports at the time, he lunched with Mandela at a small gathering at which the South African anti-apartheid leader celebrated both his 81st birthday and his and wife Graca Machel’s first wedding anniversary.
Several world leaders weighed in.
Britain’s prime minister Gordon Brown said his thoughts are with Jackson’s family. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called it “lamentable news,” though he criticized the media for giving it so much attention. Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung , who had met Jackson, said: “We lost a hero of the world.”
“I don’t think anyone can be indifferent to Michael Jackson , my husband included,” French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy told RTL radio in France. “I will enormously miss his voice, his songs and his presence in our world,” she said.
In Romania, where a tumultuous Jackson concert in 1992 helped mark the country’s new freedoms after the fall of the Soviet bloc, singer Lucian Viziru said he was stunned by the tragedy.
In Bogota, Colombia, a 24-year-old tattoo artist named Michael Tarquino said his parents named him after Jackson. He recalled growing up with electricity rationing for hours at a time and waiting for the power to return.
Police focus on medical treatment in Jackson death
Police are now investigating the medical treatment he received on Friday. Also they are seeking to interview one of the pop king’s doctors and seizing a car that they said may contain drugs or other evidence.
the car belongs to one of Jackson’s doctors whom police wanted to interview. Rayner said she did not know the doctor’s identity and stressed the doctor was not under criminal investigation.
The autopsy began Friday morning and was expected to last several hours. An official determination on cause of death was not expected for weeks or longer, until more sophisticated tests are completed.
In a 911 call released by fire officials, a caller reports Jackson was on a bed and not breathing or responding to CPR. The unidentified caller said Jackson only was with his personal doctor at the time. The pop star died later Thursday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center.
Lisa Marie Presley, briefly married to the pop icon in the mid-1990s, said he had confided to her 14 years ago that he worried about facing the same tragic fate as her father, Elvis Presley, who died of a drug overdose at age 42.
The White House also weighed in for the first time, with a spokesman saying President Barack Obama saw Jackson as a spectacular performer and music icon whose life nonetheless had sad and tragic aspects. The House of Representatives observed a moment of silence.
Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and a family friend, said Friday he had been concerned about Jackson’s use of painkillers and had warned the singer’s family about possible abuse.
After Jackson was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005, prosecutors argued against returning to Jackson items including syringes, the drug Demerol and prescriptions for various drugs, mainly antibiotics, in different people’s names.
Jackson died after being stricken at his rented home in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for three-quarter of an hours there before rushing him to the hospital.
His brother Jermaine said Jackson apparently suffered cardiac arrest, an abnormal heart rhythm that stops the heart from pumping blood to the body. It can occur after a heart attack or be caused by other heart problems.
911 call in Michael Jackson death released
Jackson lived like king but died awash in debt
Michael Jackson the singer was also Michael Jackson the billion-dollar business.
Yet after selling more than 61 million albums in the U.S. and having a decade-long attraction open at Disney theme parks, the “King of Pop” died Thursday at age 50 reportedly awash in about $400 million in debt, on the cusp of a final comeback after well over a decade of scandal.
Sad Picture of Michael Jackson Emerges as Shock of His Death Fades
There’s quite a bit more news and updates:
Here is a picture of the singer’s tortured lifestyle is emerging, one populated by prescription drugs, sycophants, plastic surgery, lavish spending, and an ever-failing quest to recapture the fame of his “Thriller” days of the early 1980s.
A source close to him says since the 1990s, he traveled with a personal physician. At one point, he was doing quite a bit of skin grafting. Jackson tried to replace his missing family with hangers-on, said the source. If he didn’t have a doctor with him, he had a manager, lawyers, or publicist. He surrounded himself with people who used him, and he was terribly paranoid about people using him, so he fired staff constantly. It was just nonstop people in and out of his life.
Jackson’s massive debt is estimated to be at $400 million at the time of his death. The one person he trusted and felt comfortable with was Mowtown founder Barry Gordy.
Most of Michael Jackson’s family members have gathered in their Encino compound, where they are contemplating funeral arrangements and caring for his three children. They are feeling confused, upset and angry by the lack of information about those who were around the pop superstar in his final days.
His family wants to know more about AEG, the concert promoter that was staging his 50 concert tour. Jackson never communicated to his family who he had in place to handle his business affairs, the person said, adding that they were told by the singer’s phalanx of advisers that the singer likely had a will, but it may be many years old. The family is distrustful of what they are being told — but they are determined to find out more.
Randy Phillips, AEG Live president and chief executive, said earlier Friday that it was Jackson who insisted that Dr. Conrad Murray, a financially troubled cardiologist who was with the entertainer when he collapsed Thursday, be put on the tour payroll.
Records reveal years of financial troubles for Murray, who practices medicine in California, Nevada and Texas his Nevada medical practice, Global Cardiovascular Associates, was slapped with more than $400,000 in court judgments, and he faces at least two other pending cases and several tax liens.
The cause of Michael Jackson’s death is still undetermined, and won’t be known for four to six weeks, but the Los Angeles coroner’s office declared Friday evening that so far there are no medical signs of foul play or trauma to the body.
Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said Jackson was taking some prescription medications but declined to disclose or discuss them. He said Jackson’s sudden demise became a coroner’s case because there was no doctor to sign the death certificate.
Michael Jackson’s Doctor Speaks to Police
Los Angeles Police on Saturday night questioned the personal physician who was at Michael Jackson’s side at the time of his death. During his three-hour LAPD interview, said a spokeswoman for Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician responded to “every and all questions.”
Murray, according to the statement by his rep, Miranda Sevcik, “helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies.”
Jackson’s parents declare authority over affairs
Michael Jackson’s Mother Files for Guardianship of Son’s Three Children
A court document says Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has filed for guardianship of the singer’s three children.
Doctor tried to find working phone for 30 minutes while Michael Jackson was dying, lawyer says
Michael Jackson’s doctor scrambled for 30 minutes to find a working phone to call 911 as the superstar lay dying in his palatial Bel Air mansion, the doctor’s lawyer revealed Monday.
The land lines in the rented mansion were all shut down for “privacy reasons,” and Dr. Carlton Murray didn’t use his cell phone to get help because he didn’t know Jackson’s address, the lawyer said.
Amazingly, Murray called for security, but no one answered. The doctor finally had to run downstairs to get a chef to summon help for the dying King of Pop.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the stunning phone snafu contributed to Jackson’s death on Thursday, but every moment is critical when reviving a patient in cardiac arrest like Jackson.
Paramedics raced to the home and spent 42 minutes trying to resuscitate the 50-year-old superstar. They then took him to UCLA Medical Center, where doctors spent another hour in a futile effort to keep him alive.
The new revelations about his last moments came as Jackson’s 79-year-old mother won temporary guardianship of his three children Monday and asked a judge to put her in charge of his estate.
As the saying goes > money begets greed
This is getting out of hand…a woman so distraught over his death set a bar bathroom on fire..
Jackson’s will cuts out ex-wife Debbie Rowe
Michael Jackson’s 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust but cutting out his former wife Debbie Rowe.
The will, dated July 7, 2002, estimated his estate at that time at more than $500 million.
It gives the entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust.
The documents said Jackson’s estate consisted almost entirely of “non-cash, non-liquid assets, including primarily an interest in a catalogue of music royalty rights which is currently being administered by Sony ATV, and the interests of various entities.”
His mother, Katherine Jackson, is named as a beneficiary of the trust and the guardian of Jackson’s three young children, who are named in the will.
The will names Diana Ross as a successor trustee to Jackson’s mother if necessary.
Drugs Hell, Secret Love of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson had a long-standing secret girlfriend and developed an addiction to drugs supplied by unscrupulous doctors, his bodyguard told Sky News in an exclusive interview.
The astonishing claims were made by Matt Fiddes, the tragic singer’s friend and U.K. bodyguard, who told how he and Uri Geller found and hid drugs and even needles from his room.
He also quashed rumours that Jackson was gay and said he had met the secret girlfriend on several occasons although he refused to identify her.
He became friends and worked as the superstar’s bodyguard on visits to the U.K. over the following decade, although he was never paid. He volunteered his services for free after Jackson complained that security services charged him a fortune.
Matt says he and Uri tried in vain to keep drugs away from Jackson only for him to get more from the doctors, who he accused of charging fans up to $20,000 for introductions to their idol.
This whole thing is getting tiresome…all the accusations, fighting over money, now a botched police investigation….and questionable behavior over why Janet Jackson was allowed in his home, and removed items.
Los Angeles police under scrutiny in Jackson death
The investigation of Michael Jackson’s death is widening as questions intensify about the drugs he took, the doctors who provided them and the actions of police.
Why didn’t police seal the mansion where he had been living? Why didn’t they get immediate search warrants? Why did they tow away a doctor’s car right after the death but not declare the home a crime scene? And why was Jackson’s sister Janet allowed to move possessions out of the mansion two days after the death, before police searched it?
Los Angeles police say proper procedures were followed based on the circumstances officers encountered when they were called to the home at 12:21 p.m. on June 25. A doctor was attending to Jackson and stayed with him when he was placed in an ambulance at 1:07 p.m. There was no sign of foul play.
Others say police should have assumed it was possible a crime occurred and taken precautions to ensure the scene was not disrupted so evidence wasn’t lost or tainted.
“If I was the chief detective on the case, I would have said, ‘We don’t know what’s going on. We should seal the scene,'” said defense attorney Harland Braun, who has represented celebrities including Robert Blake, Roseanne and Gary Busey. “You always have to think of the worst-case scenario and you have to think fast. I would have sealed the scene just because it was Michael Jackson.”
Whether the Jackson probe turns into a criminal investigation hinges on what evidence emerges involving the drugs. Charges could be brought if authorities determine Jackson had been overly prescribed medications, if he had been given drugs inappropriate for his medical needs, or if doctors knowingly prescribed Jackson medications under an assumed name.
It’s still not known what caused Jackson’s death at age 50. The pop star went into cardiac arrest in his bedroom and his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, performed CPR while an ambulance was called, according to Murray’s lawyers. Murray has spoken to police and authorities say he is not a suspect, though his actions have come under scrutiny because his own lawyers acknowledge it may have taken up to a half-hour for an ambulance to be summoned.
An autopsy was conducted but results are not expected for several weeks. The Jackson family had a second autopsy performed and those results also are pending.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press learned Los Angeles police asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to assist in the investigation.
DEA agents participated in the investigation of the 2007 overdose death of Anna Nicole Smith at a Florida hotel. California Attorney General Jerry Brown investigated her former boyfriend and two of her doctors.
Brown handed the investigation over to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, which filed charges of conspiring to provide Smith with prescription drugs.
Brown said the suspects broke the law because Smith was a “known addict.” The former boyfriend and doctors denied the charges.
The DEA also probed whether painkillers found in actor Heath Ledger’s system after his death last year were obtained illegally. Federal prosecutors did not charge anyone.
Jean Rosenbluth, a University of Southern California law professor, said the agency’s involvement in the Jackson case suggests authorities are looking into whether drugs came from out of state. Murray lives in Las Vegas and is licensed to practice in Texas, Nevada and California.
Federal drug regulations include controls over whether and how frequently a doctor can write prescriptions over the phone, and DEA agents could be looking to see if these rules were broken, Rosenbluth said.
“You can’t just get on the phone and continue to prescribe something for someone without having seen them for a long period of time,” she said.
Jackson had a well-known history of using prescription medications, especially painkillers. Following his death, Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse who had worked for Jackson, told the AP she repeatedly rejected his demands for the drug Diprivan, also known as Propofol. It’s a potent anesthetic used in operating rooms and it would be highly unusual to have it in a private home.
Uri Geller, a former Jackson confidant, said he tried to keep Jackson from abusing painkillers and other prescription drugs, but others in the singer’s circle kept him supplied.
“When Michael asked for something, he got it,” Geller said in a telephone interview from his suburban London home.
Jackson had multiple doctors and many others like Geller who came in and out of his life. Which people are being interviewed by police is unclear because the LAPD has said virtually nothing about the probe.
“I am not going to make any comments on the investigation,” Commander Patrick Gannon, the designated police spokesman on the Jackson case, said by e-mail Thursday.
Any evidence would be turned over to the district attorney’s office, which has final say on criminal charges.
One of the key questions is why it took four days for police to issue a search warrant and remove medications from Jackson’s home. In the meantime, several people, including Janet Jackson, removed unknown items from the home.
Although the home wasn’t declared a crime scene, police did tow Murray’s car the evening of the death to look for potential evidence.
Vernon J. Geberth, former commanding officer of the Bronx Homicide Task force in New York, said police should have known they were dealing with an extraordinary situation.
“If it’s a high-profile person, you have to do more than you would do ordinarily,” he said.
Still, Geberth, who now acts as a private forensic consultant, said he believes the LAPD acted appropriately.
“Having a doctor present altered the equation. It was not a homicide scene. It was an emergency medical scene,” he said.
Rosenbluth said if the case ends up as a criminal prosecution, any defense attorney would seize on the LAPD’s failure to immediately seal Jackson’s home.
“If you can get even one juror think, I don’t know, maybe somebody fiddled with the medicine before the police came in and collected it, that’s reasonable doubt,” she said. “All that the defense attorney needs is one juror.”
Source: Powerful Sedative Propofol Found at Michael Jackson’s Mansion
The powerful sedative Propofol — also known as Diprivan — was among several narcotics found in Michael Jackson’s rented suburban Los Angeles mansion, a law enforcement source tells FOXNews.com.
Given intravenously, Propofol is used as part of inducing general anesthesia in the operating room, and for heavy sedation of patients who are intubated in the intensive care unit.
Cherilyn Lee, a nurse who worked for Jackson, claims the pop star begged her for the drug, and that just four days before his death, a member of Jackson’s staff called and said “‘Michael needs to see you right away.” She says she heard Michael in the background saying, “One side of my body is hot, it’s hot, and one side of my body is cold. It’s very cold.”
Lee’s description of Jackson’s condition mirrors a 2007 FDA alert to healthcare professionals detailing “several clusters of patients who have experienced chills, fever, and body aches shortly after receiving propofol for sedation or general anesthesia.”
Television networks planning Jackson coverage
NBC executives changed their minds Sunday and decided to join other networks that will televise Michael Jackson’s memorial service live this week.
Jackson’s kids want to live with sister Janet
Next week’s courtroom showdown, in which Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and ex-wife Debbie Rowe are expected to vie for temporary custody of two of the late pop star’s children, could come with an unexpected twist.
According to a new report, the kids in question, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris-Michael Katherine, 11, along with their 7-year-old brother Prince Michael II (aka Blanket), have made their own decision. They want their late father’s sister, Janet Jackson, to raise them.
“Janet has completely bonded with those children in the last two weeks,” a family friend revealed to OK! magazine. “She has been their rock. It’s clear to everyone that they are looking to her for comfort and guidance.”
Cops Deny Dubbing Jackson Death a Homicide
Los Angeles police are denying a Web site’s report that they’re treating Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide.
Celebrity Web site TMZ.com, which cited “multiple law enforcement sources” in saying the investigation is indeed now is a homicide probe, also says the pop icon’s cardiologist is the focus of that probe.
But Police Officer Sara Faden, speaking on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department, tells CBS News the investigation hasn’t turned into a homicide probe at this point. She adds she doesn’t know where TMZ is getting that information.
The official autopsy results aren’t due out until at least next week, “Early Show” national correspondent Hattie Kauffman pointed out Wednesday, but TMZ says, “The evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson’s death. As we first reported, vials of Propofol were found in Jackson’s home after he died. Jackson’s home after he died.”
“Law enforcement sources say there is already ‘plenty of powerful evidence’ linking Dr. Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson,” TMZ continued, including “various items found in Jackson’s house, including the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank.”
TMZ adds that “police have already talked to the L.A. district attorney’s office about possible homicide charges.”
Neither the LAPD nor Dr. Murray has commented on the TMZ report.
Both Latoya Jackson, Michael’s sister, and his father, Joe Jackson, have said they suspect Jackson was a victim of foul play.
Murray isn’t the only doctor under scrutiny, Kauffman notes. A coroner’s official served a subpoena on the office of Dr. Arnold Klein, a Beverly Hills dermatologist who treated Jackson for years and was a close friend.
Michael Jackson’s mother asked for a judge’s ruling Friday on whether she can challenge the authority of two men named in her son’s will as executors of his estate without being disinherited.
The filing does not formally challenge the appointment of attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain as executors of Michael Jackson’s estate.
But a favorable ruling could pave the way for 79-year-old Katherine Jackson to seek control of her son’s estate, which has an estimated value of more than $500 million.
A judge granted her temporary control over roughly 2,000 items taken from her son’s Neverland Ranch and slated for auction, but her authority expired and was given to Branca and McClain. She had sought to control Jackson’s estate, but that was before the singer’s 2002 will was filed in Los Angeles.
It names Branca and McClain as Jackson’s choice for co-executors of the will, and states his estate should be placed in a private trust.
Jackson’s trust included a “no contest” clause that calls for anyone who challenges the will to be disinherited. Katherine Jackson, her three grandchildren and unnamed charities are beneficiaries of the estate.
The filing states that Katherine Jackson’s attorneys continue to confer with attorneys for McClain and Branca and no final decisions have been made.
“Mrs. Jackson and her counsel have not yet decided whether to object to the appointment of the named executors or to suggest an alternate appointment,” the filing states.
A phone message left after business hours Friday for Paul Gordon Hoffman, an attorney representing Branca and McClain, was not immediately returned.
The filing was first reported by RadarOnline.com.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff will consider how to handle the filing at a hearing on Aug 3. Lingering issues about Jackson’s estate could be decided then, and the hearing will also focus on whether Katherine Jackson will be allowed to keep custody of her son’s children, who range in ages from 7 to 12.
Joe Jackson denies abusing Michael
Michael Jackson’s father told CNN’s Larry King Monday night that he never beat his son or made any mistakes in raising him.
DEA raids Jackson doctor’s Houston clinic
Federal drug agents searched the Houston clinic of Michael Jackson’s doctor Wednesday, according to a news report, even as investigators in California sought more information from the man.
KTRK-TV reported that officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration were at Dr. Conrad Murray’s clinic in north Houston. Video showed two Houston police officers guarding the front door.
Murray was Michael Jackson’s personal physician, and was with Jackson when he died. Murray, who is based in Las Vegas and is licensed in California, Nevada and Texas, has been interviewed by police but he has not been considered a suspect in the singer’s death.
Meanwhile, investigators in California are also seeking more information from Murray, according to his attorney, Edward Chernoff.
The attorney posted a statement on his law firm’s Web site late Tuesday saying investigators from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office have asked for medical records in addition to those already provided by Murray.
“The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death we share that goal,” Chernoff said in his statement. “Based on Dr. Murray’s minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson’s last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges.”
Murray has emerged as a central figure in the investigation into Jackson’s death. The doctor, who had been recently hired by Jackson, was with him in his mansion and tried to revive him.
Although Chernoff has said the doctor didn’t give the pop star any drugs that contributed to his death, Murray has nonetheless received attention from those angry over the singer’s death.
“Dr. Murray was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him,” Chernoff said. “Dr. Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports, he has to walk around 24-7 with a bodyguard. He can’t operate his practice. He can’t go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes.”
Investigators found the powerful anesthetic propofol in Jackson’s home, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The person is not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The officials are working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and California attorney general’s office to determine how the medications got there.
Police detectives have already spoken to Murray twice – once immediately after the singer’s death and again two days later. Police investigators say Murray is cooperating in their investigation.
A cause of death has yet to be determined for the pop star. The coroner’s office is expecting to release autopsy results next week.
Chernoff’s spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik said the interview with coroner’s investigators might happen Friday. Murray is currently in Las Vegas, where he has a medical office, she said, and Chernoff would be speaking to investigators without the doctor being present.
Jackson estate lawyers seek allowance for children
Attorneys handling Michael Jackson’s estate say they have asked a judge to approve an allowance for the singer’s three children and his mother.
Sheriff probing coroner’s employees
Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have begun an inquiry into whether coroner’s employees illegally leaked or sold private information related to the investigation of Michael Jackson’s death.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says investigators spoke to the coroner’s office Friday and will handle the inquiry with the district attorney’s office. He says the department was asked to conduct the inquiry by county supervisors.
Whitmore stresses the preliminary nature of the probe.
On Wednesday the coroner’s office said Jackson’s death certificate was improperly viewed by at least a half-dozen employees who had no role in investigating the cause of his death.
Katherine Jackson Asks for Allowance from Son’s Estate
Michael Jackson’s mother will seek a monthly allowance from the pop star’s estate.
Jackson provided the main financial support for his mom, Katherine Jackson, 79, when he was alive, and his estate should continue to provide her with a stipend, the temporary administrators of his estate plan to argue at a hearing next week.
Jackson mom’s request for estate info rejected
The legal team for Michael Jackson’s mother on Tuesday asked a judge for the power to press the administrators of her son’s estate for more information ahead of a key hearing next week, but the judge rebuffed the effort.
Lawyers for Katherine Jackson on Tuesday requested the authority to interview attorney John Branca and former music executive John McClain this Friday, as well as demand they produce business contracts and other documents related to the late pop star.
Her lawyers argued in a court filing that the information was “potentially crucial” to a hearing set for Monday that could determine the permanent representatives of Jackson’s estate, which is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff put off dealing with their request until Monday, effectively quashing it.
Beckloff may determine at Monday’s hearing whether special administrators Branca and McClain will transition from temporary to permanent representatives of the estate, and whether an allowance will be granted to Katherine and Jackson’s three children.
Jackson’s 2002 will puts his assets in a trust that benefits Katherine, his three children and unnamed children’s charities.
Tuesday’s filing was meant to expedite the process of obtaining “important personal, business and legal information and documents relating to Michael Jackson” including his deal with concert promoter AEG Live, according to a written statement from L. Londell McMillan, who is part of Katherine Jackson’s legal team.
They’re also seeking “life insurance policies, settlements and disputes as well as agreements between the temporary special administrators and Michael Jackson (and others).”
McMillan said they’d requested some of the documents before and had hoped to see them before the Aug. 3 hearing.
Katherine Jackson’s lawyers alleged in filings that Branca and McClain were “intent on keeping her in the dark as much and for as long as possible.”
Branca and McClain’s legal team responded that the singer’s mother had made “voluminous, burdensome and invasive discovery demands” that were impossible to meet in a short time frame.
It added that it could not produce the contract detailing Jackson’s comeback tour with promoter AEG Live because of confidentiality provisions, but was willing to share the contract if Katherine Jackson agreed to the provisions. The parties were unable to agree on the terms.
The administrators’ legal team also argued that it was unclear why Katherine Jackson was demanding so much information. Her subpoena and deposition notices had “all the earmarks of a protracted and expensive legal battle which does not appear to be justified,” the administrators’ lawyers said in a filing.
Attorney Howard Weitzman, who represents Branca and McClain, said in a statement issued Tuesday evening that comments McMillan has made on Mrs. Jackson’s behalf indicate “they want to rewrite Michael’s will to make Mrs. Jackson ‘Guardian of the Estate’ and have her appointed as an Executor and Trustee of Michael Jackson’s Estate.”
“In his will, Michael was very specific that his mother act as the Guardian of his children and that Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain be the Executors of his Will and Trustees of his trust,” Weitzman said.
Police warrant outlines Dr. Murray investigation details
News 3 was there this week when federal detectives raided the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray
Is the greed starting to show….
Imagine dozens of lawyers now involved…
Michael Jackson’s mom to seek control of estate
Katherine Jackson’s legal battle for some control of her son’s estate has returned to court in front of the same judge who is expected to award her permanent guardianship of Michael Jackson’s children.
Judge names Katherine Jackson permanent guardian
A judge says Michael Jackson’s mother should raise the King of Pop’s children.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff appointed Katherine Jackson as the permanent guardian of the singer’s three children during a court hearing in Los Angeles on Monday.
Mrs. Jackson was named by Jackson as his first choice to raise his children in a 2002 will filed with the court. The 79-year-old is the only person to formally petition for custody of the children since Jackson’s death on June 25 at age 50.
Mrs. Jackson and her son’s ex-wife Deborah Rowe reached a custody agreement last week.
The three children, who range in age from 7 to 12, have been living with Mrs. Jackson at the family’s home in the San Fernando Valley since their father’s death. The two eldest children signed declarations apparently indicating they wanted to remain with Mrs. Jackson.
Joe Jackson won’t help raise son’s children
In a statement filed in court, he says he only occasionally visits family home
Joe Jackson doesn’t plan to help raise Michael Jackson’s three children.
The Jackson family patriarch lives in Las Vegas and wrote in a statement filed in a Los Angeles court on Monday that he only occasionally visits the family home in the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown Los Angeles.
UK actor ‘not father of Jackson child’
SOURCES “very close” to Michael Jackson’s family have denied claims by former British child acting star Mark Lester that he could be the biological father of the singer’s daughter Paris, People magazine reported.
Lester, who played Oliver Twist in the 1968 film musical Oliver! told the British tabloid News of the World: “I gave Michael my sperm so that he could have kids — and I believe Paris is my daughter”.
The 51-year-old Briton, who was a friend of Jackson and is godfather to all three of his children, said he was willing to take a paternity test to establish whether or not he is the father of 11-year-old Paris.
But People, citing sources close to the King of Pop’s family, said Lester has never claimed to be Paris’s father, although they acknowledged he had donated sperm to Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50.
“They twisted his words around. He’s not claiming to be the father of Paris Jackson,” one source told the magazine, which specialises in news about entertainment stars.
Jackson family lawyer Londell McMillan, downplayed the reports, saying “these are just merely claims with no legal standing whatsoever”.
Agents search Vegas pharmacy in Jackson probe
Police and federal drug agents searched a pharmacy Tuesday as part of the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Los Angeles and Las Vegas police served a sealed search warrant and a notice of inspection around 9:20 a.m. at Applied Pharmacy Services, several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
“They are looking at everything that was provided by that pharmacy,” including records of controlled substances, DEA spokesman Jose Martinez said.
Dr. Conrad Murray of Las Vegas, Jackson’s personal physician who was with the pop star when he died in Los Angeles on June 25, is the focus of what Los Angeles police have called a manslaughter investigation. He has not been charged and police have stopped short of calling him a suspect.
Authorities previously served search warrants at Murray’s Las Vegas home and his businesses in Las Vegas and Houston. It was not immediately clear whether Murray had business dealings with Applied Pharmacy.
Investigators are also looking into Jackson’s interactions with at least six other doctors, court documents show.
Authorities are trying to determine to what extent medications may have contributed to Jackson’s death at age 50. Murray told investigators he administered the powerful anesthetic propofol and multiple sedatives to Jackson in the hours before he died, a law enforcement official has told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Michael Flanagan, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA in Las Vegas, said the search warrant was issued “without incident” and the pharmacy staff was cooperating. He said authorities were searching for any and all paper documents and electronic records, but he declined to provide any details.
Agents could be seen wheeling at least four cases from the pharmacy building.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced Monday that it has completed its autopsy of Jackson but said it would not release its findings while the police investigation is ongoing.
NJ man says Jackson memorabilia stolen in Nevada
A New Jersey businessman alleges part of his collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia was stolen from a southern Nevada storage facility and auctioned without his knowledge.
North Las Vegas police said Thursday they are investigating after Henry Vaccaro filed a police report July 31 alleging his storage facility was burglarized and valuable Jackson items were missing.
The auction happened five days earlier, on July 26.
Clark County Public Auction owner Mario Trabado says he auctioned Michael Jackson items he bought legally from an unidentified private collector. Trabado says the auction netted about $37,000.
The 69-year-old Vaccaro lives in Asbury Park, N.J. He tells The Associated Press that lyrics, notebooks and costumes he obtained years ago are among the missing items.
Michael Jackson will be buried on his 51st birthday
Michael Jackson will be buried Saturday, August 29, on what would have been the singer’s 51st birthday, according to a statement from publicist Ken Sunshine.
The private ceremony will take place at Holly Terrace in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, and “will be limited to family and close friends,” the statement said.
Jackson died June 25 of cardiac arrest. The famed entertainer was 50.
Other Jackson plans have moved sluggishly. Monday, a judge delayed his approval of the exhibition agreement between concert promoter AEG Live and the Jackson estate until Friday, when he will hear testimony about why Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, thinks it should be renegotiated.
The three-city exhibition of Jackson memorabilia could be derailed, as relations between Jackson’s mother, the men Jackson named as executors of his will and the promoter of his planned comeback concerts have been challenging.
Questions surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and AEG Live’s role in his last days are an “obvious source of tension” as Katherine Jackson objects to the agreement, Jackson attorney Burt Levitch said.
Michael Jackson’s family has “floated” the possibility of filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against AEG Live because of its “very, very active role in Michael’s life during the last six months,” Levitch said Monday.
Levitch said AEG Live “apparently paid for the services of Dr. Conrad Murray, who we’re told is under criminal investigation in connection with the decedent’s death.”
Warrants used to search Murray’s home and clinics indicated police were investigating his role in Jackson’s June 25 death. A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Murray gave the anesthetic propofol to Jackson in the 24 hours before he died.
“There’s an obvious link between AEG and concerns that we have about the decedent’s demise,” Levitch said. “So, that’s one obvious source of tension right now.”
Michael Jackson’s Doctor to Be Charged With Manslaughter
Michael Jackson’s personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks. The source initially said Dr. Conrad Murray could be arrested as soon as next Wednesday — but investigators have decided to execute one more search warrant, likely at a Los Angeles pharmacy, next week in an attempt to gather more evidence against him. The arrest is now expected the following week.
Judge says Jackson’s estate can pay for funeral
Michael Jackson’s estate will pay what are being called “extraordinary” expenses for the pop singer’s funeral, attorneys and a judge said Wednesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff authorized the current administrators of Jackson’s estate to pay for Jackson’s funeral and interment, which are scheduled for Thursday evening.
Attorneys for Jackson’s mother, Katherine, had asked the judge to sign off on the expenses, which have not been disclosed.
No one contested who would pay the costs, but Beckloff said he had concerns about whether Jackson’s estate could afford it.
Jeryll Cohen, an attorney for the administrators of Jackson’s estate, said the costs will be paid. She said the debt-ridden estate has enough cash to pay for the funeral.
“The expenses are extraordinary, however, Michael Jackson was extraordinary,” Cohen said.
Few details about the service have been disclosed. Cohen said during the hearing that part of the reason it was so expensive was because 12 burial spaces were being bought.
Beckloff said normally, costs of a funeral would be paid by the estate after the service. But Jackson’s family couldn’t afford to pay the costs upfront and wait for reimbursement.
Jackson is scheduled to be interred in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale, which is about eight miles north of downtown Los Angeles. He will be placed in the Great Mausoleum, where he’ll join Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, W.C. Fields and Red Skelton, as well as “The Last Supper Window,” a life-size stained glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece.
Michael Jackson’s ex-wife seeks $500K
Debbie Rowe suing a woman who claimed she was after Jackson’s money
A Florida woman who told a television interviewer that Michael Jackson’s ex-wife was only interested in getting money from the singer’s family and wasn’t interested in gaining custody of her two children is being sued.
In a filing last week, Deborah Rowe’s attorneys said the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children should be awarded $490,000 in general and punitive damages.
Rowe sued Rebecca White in July for White’s comments to the television show “Extra.” White hasn’t responded to the lawsuit and Rowe is seeking a default judgment against the Key West, Fla. resident.
: Jackson’s doctor returning to work
Michael Jackson’s former personal physician is returning to work at his Houston clinic for the first time since before the pop singer’s death, his lawyer said.
Dr. Conrad Murray is set to resume office hours Monday at his Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston, attorney Edward Chernoff told The Associated Press.
“He has not been able to earn a living since the death of Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said Sunday of his client, a 56-year-old cardiologist licensed in Nevada, California and Texas.
“His legal fees are enormous and his debts have mounted to the point where it is unclear whether he will be able to keep his house or support his family,” Chernoff said from Houston. “His intentions are to attend to these patients who have continued to support him, despite the attention and despite the threats.”
Chernoff said Murray visited the Armstrong clinic Friday to see 16 patients who had requested appointments. Murray last worked at the clinic in April, before suspending his regular practices in Las Vegas and Houston to take a lucrative $150,000-per-month job as Jackson’s personal physician.
Chernoff said Murray was never paid for the time he worked for Jackson.
“In effect, he has had no income for seven months,” the lawyer said. He noted that Murray paid $700 in borrowed cash last Monday in a Las Vegas court to avoid going to jail for nonpayment of child support due to a California woman and their 11-year-old son. The woman agreed to forgive some $15,000 Murray already owed.
Murray on Sunday attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, thanking parishioners and friends for their support, a spokeswoman for Chernoff and Murray said.
“He said he’s back,” spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik said.
Murray, who lives in Las Vegas, was at Jackson’s bedside when the 50-year-old pop singer died June 25. The doctor has been the focus of a Los Angeles police homicide investigation since telling investigators he administered propofol, a powerful operating room anesthetic, to Jackson to help the pop star sleep.
Authorities searched Murray’s Houston clinic and a rented storage unit on July 22, and conducted searches later at Murray’s home and office in Las Vegas, at properties in Los Angeles, and at a Las Vegas pharmacy where police say Murray bought five 100-milliliter bottles of propofol.
Murray has not been charged with a crime.
Chernoff said Murray has been followed and threatened since Jackson died, and felt he had to close his Las Vegas office because patients were being harassed as they came and went.
“Ultimately, he will reopen his office in Vegas,” Chernoff said.
FBI assisted authorities in Jackson probes
Newly released documents show the FBI assisted local authorities in the U.S. and in Britain as they investigated Michael Jackson for child molestation.
According to documents released Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press and other media, the FBI assisted local authorities on several occasions from 1993 to 2005.
The FBI’s legal office in London assisted local authorities with a child molestation probe in 1993 and in 1995 U.S. customs officials asked the FBI to analyze a VHS videotape as part of a child pornography investigation.
The files also detail an investigation in Los Angeles into extortion threats against Jackson and others in 1992.
The subject of that investigation pled guilty and was sentenced to prison in 1993.
Michael Jackson doctor charged in singer’s death
Michael Jackson’s doctor was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter, capping an exhaustive investigation into the pop star’s stunning death last summer and setting up the prospect of another sensational celebrity courtroom drama.
Jackson doctor out on bail, back for April hearing
Michael Jackson’s doctor returns to court in April to find out the date for the next major step in the case – a proceeding that will reveal for the first time the evidence the prosecution believes will show his “gross negligence” was the direct cause of the pop star’s death.
Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and a judge released him on $75,000 bail.
Witness: Michael Jackson doctor interrupted CPR
Michael Jackson’s doctor halted CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that shed new light on the singer’s chaotic final moments.
The explosive allegation that Dr. Conrad Murray may have tried to hide evidence is likely to be a focus as prosecutors move ahead with their involuntary manslaughter case against him.
The account was given to investigators by Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s logistics director, who was summoned to the stricken star’s side as he was dying on June 25. His statement and those from two other Jackson employees also obtained by the AP paint a grisly scene in Jackson’s bedroom.
Alvarez told investigators that he rushed to Jackson’s room and saw the star lying in his bed, an IV attached to his leg. Jackson’s mouth was agape, eyes open and there was no sign of life. Murray worked frantically, at one point performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Alvarez took over CPR.
Two of the star’s children, Prince and Paris, came in the room and cried as they saw Murray trying to save their father. A nanny was called to usher them away and they were taken to wait outside in a vehicle.
The documents also detail an odd encounter with Murray after Jackson was declared dead at a nearby hospital. Murray insisted he needed to return to the mansion to get cream that Jackson had “so the world wouldn’t find out about it,” according to the statements, which provide no elaboration.
Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, rejected the notion his client tried to hide drugs. He also noted Alvarez was interviewed twice by police and gave different accounts of what happened in Jackson’s bedroom. During the first interview, Alvarez made no mention of being told to tidy away medicine vials.
“He didn’t say any of those things, then two months later, all of a sudden, the doc is throwing bottles into the bag,” Chernoff said. “Alvarez’s statement is inconsistent with his previous statement. We will deal with that at trial.”
Alvarez and the others who gave the statements, Jackson’s personal assistant Michael Amir Williams and driver/bodyguard Faheem Muhammad, could be key witnesses should Murray go to trial. Except for the brief appearances by the nanny and the children, Alvarez and Muhammad were the only others in the room with Murray as he tried to save Jackson before paramedics arrived.
A call to Alvarez’s attorney was not immediately returned.
Jackson, 50, hired Murray to be his personal physician as he prepared for a series of comeback performances in London. He was participating in strenuous rehearsals and Murray would routinely meet him at the star’s home in the evening for treatments.
The Los Angeles coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide caused by an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives given to get the chronic insomniac to sleep. Propofol, a milky white liquid, is supposed to be administered only by anesthesia professionals in medical settings. Patients require constant monitoring because the drug depresses breathing and heart rate while lowering blood pressure, a potentially deadly combination.
Murray, 57, a cardiologist licensed in Nevada, California and Texas, has acknowledged briefly leaving Jackson’s bedside the day he died but maintained from the outset that nothing he gave the singer should have killed him. It wasn’t illegal for him to administer propofol, though whether he followed proper procedures while Jackson was under the influence is a key part of the case.
Alvarez, Muhammad and Williams are all represented by attorney Carl Douglas and gave their statements separately on Aug. 31 at the lawyer’s Beverly Hills office. None of the three has spoken publicly about the events of June 25.
Alvarez told police he arrived at Jackson’s home around 10:20 a.m. He was awaiting instructions for the day in a security trailer outside Jackson’s rented mansion when, at 12:17 p.m., his phone rang. It was Williams.
Williams told Alvarez that Murray had just called to say Jackson was in trouble. Alvarez rushed into the mansion and up the stairs to Jackson’s room, where he saw Murray standing at the pop star’s bedside, performing CPR with one hand, according to the statements.
Alvarez asked the doctor what had happened.
“He had a reaction, he had a bad reaction,” Murray replied, according to Alvarez’s statement.
Murray then grabbed a few vials with rubber tops and told Alvarez to put them in a bag, Alvarez told investigators. Alvarez picked up a plastic bag from the floor and Murray put the bottles inside, then Murray told Alvarez to put that plastic bag inside a brown canvas bag, according to the account.
Alvarez said Murray then told him to remove an IV bag from a stand and put it in a blue canvas bag. He did, and noticed the bag had a connector with a milky white substance in it. Alvarez didn’t say what happened to the bags, nor did he identify what was in the vials.
Two days after Jackson’s death, under several hours of questioning by police, Murray eventually directed them to a closet in Jackson’s bedroom. In it, they found propofol and other sedatives in a bag.
On the day Jackson died, Murray waited until the bags were filled before telling Alvarez to call 911, according to Alvarez’s statement.
“I need an ambulance as soon as possible,” Alvarez told a dispatcher. “We have a gentleman here that needs help and he’s not breathing.”
The dispatcher told Alvarez to put Jackson on the floor.
At that moment, Muhammad rushed into the room and began helping with chest compressions while Murray attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Murray told the men it was his first time performing CPR, Alvarez said, though Chernoff said Murray had administered CPR many times before.
Murray then placed a dark brown machine with wires onto Jackson’s fingers, Alvarez said. Police later said they found a pulse oximeter at Jackson’s home, a medical device that shows heart rate and the amount of oxygen in the blood.
By 12:27 p.m., paramedics arrived at the house. According to their report, Jackson was not breathing and had no pulse at 12:29 p.m. However, Murray stated he could feel a weak pulse in Jackson’s upper thigh area, Alvarez and Muhammad said.
According to the paramedic report, emergency responders tried two rounds of resuscitation attempts and were ready to discontinue treatment, but Murray said he would take responsibility and insisted resuscitation be continued in the ambulance.
At 1:07 p.m., the singer was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where doctors attempted a range of resuscitation techniques. Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.
At the hospital, after the death had been called, Williams said he saw Murray crying.
Murray asked Williams if he or someone else could take him back to the mansion so he could pick up the cream, according to Williams’ statement.
Williams said he didn’t think it was a good idea for Murray to return to the house. He spoke to Muhammad and they agreed they wouldn’t take Murray back. They concocted a story that police had taken all the keys to the vehicles as part of the investigation.
Murray said he would take a cab, and Williams said he saw him leave the hospital through a side door.
Michael Jackson House: Inside Neverland Ranch & His Final Home
He was the King of Pop, and the majority of the pop listeners around the world will agree that he is still the King of Pop, even after his death. Born on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson is one of the biggest names in the world – a name that ruled the hearts of people for nearly 40 years. The unique thing about him was that he was not only famous for his music but equally famous for his influence on fashion as well. Wearing his trademark sparkly costumes on stage, he made fans go mad as he spun like a top on two legs. But, where did he live? We’ve got every Michael Jackson house detail you could ever want!
Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch
Where is Michael Jackson House? Where is Neverland Located? Where is Neverland Ranch Google Maps? These are all questions we get SO OFTEN. The iconic Neverland Ranch is located in Los Olivos, California and was purchased by the star in 1987. How much did Neverland Ranch cost? Michael paid $19.5 million. Neverland Ranch was the brainchild of Michael himself. The name of the ranch comes from a fictional island from Peter Pan. In the story, Peter would stay young forever as long as he remained in Neverland – something Michael Jackson admired.
It was a visit to see Paul McCartney which sparked Michael’s interest in buying the property – he immediately told his sister La Toya about it. The ranch is a whopping 2,700 acres and the main house, built by William Bone in 1982, is 12,598 square feet. Looking back on his unique experience, Bone says this was the most difficult project he ever constructed. When walking up the steps, past the pristine grounds and the Neverland clock logo constructed of flowers and shrubs, you knew you were stepping into something truly unique.
There is no luxurious amenity that you will not find at this magical property. It has a pool, tennis courts, a train station, Disney-inspired rides, an exotic petting zoo, a dance studio, two guest houses, a lake, a 14-foot lagoon-style pool, and many other insane things only found here. There is also an elaborate movie theater where up to 50 people can enjoy the latest releases.
What happened to Neverland? Who bought Michael Jackson’s house? Although it was his fantasyland, in 2005 Michael Jackson decided to abandon this house after controversies sprouted surrounding alleged child molestation. Later, Jackson used the ranch as collateral for a loan, which he defaulted on. In 2008, private equity firm Colony Capital purchased the default note for $22.5 million. It’s now a joint venture between them and the Jackson Estate.
How much is Neverland Ranch worth? The property, now called Sycamore Valley Ranch, was listed on March 1, 2019 for $31 million, a massive discount from the $100 million original listing price a few years ago.
There’s more where that came from! Especially if you’re curious how to get to Neverland Ranch, check out all the other photos and address here: Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch Address and Photos!
Michael Jackson House Los Angeles (His final home)
In December 2008, AEG Live (the concert promoter behind Michael’s final tour) leased this Holmby Hills, Los Angeles home for Michael Jackson for $100,000/month. It served as his home, as well as the launchpad of his final This Is It tour. At the time, the home was owned by Ed Hardy owners Hubert and Roxanne Guez.
The 7-bedrooms, 13-bathroom mansion – located in the heart of a neighborhood packed with celebrities – measures in at 17,171 square feet. No expense was spared when Richard Landry conceived the home, which was completed in 2002. The French Chateau estate features a movie theater, wine cellar & tasting room, a spa with a gym, an elevator, and a large guest house. Behind the main house is a huge pool and pristine gardens.
Sadly, this is the home where Michael died on June 25, 2009, after his personal physician, Conrad Murray, administered a lethal dose of Propofol. According to the real estate agent representing the owners of the home, who happens to be the husband of Kyle Richards, “He [Michael] loved the master bedroom and he loved the grounds,” said Mauricio Umansky. “He was happy there.”
Crime scene photo of Michael’s bedroom, where he passed away.
When news broke of Michael’s death, paramedics, law enforcement, media, and fans flocked to the gate of the home. It was quite a scene and a sad one at that.
The home spent several years on the market following Michael’s death. Originally listed in August 2010 for $23.5 million, the home finally sold in November 2012 for $18.1 million. Who owns Michael Jackson’s house now? Private equity firm managing partner Steven Mayer was the buyer in 2012 and remains the owner as of 2019.
We’ve got a treasure trove of photos, and the address, here: Michael Jackson house photos and address!
Michael Jackson’s Life and Career
Michael Jackson was the breakout star of a family of 10 children. As the 8th child in a relatively poor family, Michael Jackson grew up in Gary, Indiana, a rural town not fit for the King of Pop. It was a small two-bedroom house where these 10 children lived with their parents. Michael’s mother is Katherine Esther Scruse and his father is Joseph Walter Jackson, both of whom are still alive today. His mother dreamed of performing as a country singer but worked at Sears to keep food on the table. Michael’s father was a multi-talented man who had been a boxer and was a great musician as well. Michael had 3 sisters and 6 brothers.
Michael Jackson House Gary Indiana
Michael Jackson and his brothers were assembled by their dad to create The Jackson Five. He was already casting a spell on the world with his vocals as part of the band when he was only 6 years old.
After years of performing with his siblings, Michael Jackson started his solo career with Off the Wall produced by Quincy Jones. A total of 20 million copies of this album were sold. His second album was Thriller and this made Michael Jackson the heart of the pop genre and he went on to become considered the greatest pop star in the world. This album ruled at number one for nearly 40 weeks. The first instance of his legendary moonwalk was in 1983. Another one of the biggest hit albums of all time was released in 1987 called Bad. The next hit album came 4 years after Bad and this album was called Dangerous.
Michael Jackson’s Cosmetic Surgery
Michael Jackson had numerous surgeries on his nose, and the dimple in his chin was also a result of those surgeries. A skin pigmentation disorder caused his skin to become white, but this color change was associated with numerous theories, including that Michael Jackson bleached his skin and used an oxygen tent to prevent himself from aging.
At one point Michael Jackson had to explain that he wasn’t doing anything to change his color and instead stated that it hurt him badly when people said that about him. He continued to receive a lot of media attention due to his popularity and thus would spend much of his time at Neverland Ranch in seclusion.
How Did Michael Jackson Die?
It was on June 25, 2009, that the personal physician of Michael Jackson found him in his bedroom nearly dead. According to the physician, Conrad Murray, his pulse was not detectable and his attempts to perform CPR were unsuccessful. Michael Jackson died from a drug overdose of Propofol, administered by his physician. After CPR attempts failed, his personal physician called 911 at noon. Despite receiving emergency treatment, Michael could not be brought back to life.
He passed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center the same day.
What happened to Michael Jackson’s doctor? In a twist that was unexpected by many, on Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Michael’s death a homicide. Conrad Murray killed Michael Jackson. As a result, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison for administering the lethal dose without the apparatus of a hospital. Michael Jackson was 50 years old at the time of his death.
What happened to Dr Conrad Murray? He was released in October 2013 after serving 2 years of his sentence.
Michael Jackson at the announcement of his final tour, just days before his death.
When she was 19, Michael’s daughter Paris talked about her father’s death. According to her, Michael was murdered and it was a setup. She also claimed that everyone in the family knew that Michael was murdered. When she was asked about her claims she said that there were a lot of people who were after her father’s life. She did not say much about the culprits as she said that it was like a chess game where she would not give out more information than that in the beginning.
Married Life of Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s daughter. The couple wed in May of 1994. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last and divorce brought it to an end in 1996.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley
During his married life to Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson was very close to Debbie Rowe, who was helping Michael with his vitiligo treatment. He went on to marry Debbie Rowe in 1996, just after his divorce from Lisa Marie. His second marriage ended in 1999, but he and Debbie had 3 children during those three years. When they divorced, Michael got custody of the children.
- Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr. – Born February 13, 1997
- Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson – Born April 03, 1998
- Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II Born February 21, 2002
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe after the birth of their second child, Paris.
Although it’s unclear if they were romantic, Michael Jackson was very close to Elizabeth Taylor as well. Moreover, author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach revealed the records of taped conversations with Michael Jackson in his book which revealed how jealous Michael Jackson got when Elizabeth Taylor met other men. In this conversation, Michael Jackson emotionally confessed that he could not marry or spend any romantic time with Elizabeth Taylor because he thought media would have made a big deal out of it.
After Michael’s untimely death, his children were taken care of by their grandmother, Katherine. It was also reported that their God-mother, Diana Ross, helped take care of them amid the devastation of losing Michael.
Michael Jackson’s Net Worth
Michael Jackson’s net worth is a big controversy today since his estate and IRS are fighting a case over it. However, his last net worth is estimated to be at $600 million. This amount is disputed now that he’s gone, though. His music sales have skyrocketed, his estate has sold off many assets, and his sole ownership of the Beatles catalog was licensed to Apple. No doubt his children are rolling in the dough.
And in an even crazier turn of events, in 2017 he was the highest earning celebrity, dead or alive. He (his estate) raked in $825 million thanks to the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV music catalog.
A commenter in my previous post received a response from Channel 4 in the UK about the airing of the Murray testimonial film. The response follows. It is very similar to other responses I’ve seen from other networks about this testimonial film from Murray:
Thank you for your e-mail regarding the upcoming documentary, The Man Who Killed Michael Jackson.
We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed in our decision to broadcast this programme.
The trial of Dr Conrad Murray for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson has dominated headlines around the world. Now that the verdict of guilty is in, this observational and independent documentary provides an insight into Dr Murray’s relationship with Jackson and how events unfolded on the day he died.
Further, we would advise that Dr Murray is in no way profiting from our transmission of this film ? our licence agreement with the production company stipulates that he will not receive any proceeds from the fee we pay to licence the film.
Nevertheless please be assured your complaint has been logged and noted for the information of those responsible for our programming.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers complimentary or otherwise.
Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries
Isn’t that interesting from Channel 4. I don’t care if Murray profits or not. I seriously doubt that it’s true Conrad Murray has made no profit off of this but even if he didn’t, there are other considerations in regard to networks agreeing to air this film.
The fact is, Murray purposely evaded the law while simultaneously refusing to testify in a court under oath and subject to cross-examination. He instead for two years created a testimonial film and sold it to various networks to air for him immediately after he was convicted. Knowing that a convicted felon is not allowed to profit from his conviction, Murray made sure the film was done and the deals inked before the verdict was handed down.
This tells me Conrad Murray is a dishonest, guilty man seeking to pawn the blame for his actions off onto his victim. It also tells me he is quite manipulative when it comes to the law. And, he has obviously learned nothing from his conviction.
Channel 4 and all other networks airing this testimonial film are helping him with this indecent ruse.
Now, why would they do that? The only reason they would do such a thing is so that they can collect profits for themselves by airing it.
No network anywhere ought to be helping Murray “testify” after the fact by airing his film. He had his chance to testify in the courtroom and he refused. Convicted felons ought not be given a media platform to “testify” outside a courtroom after having killed someone and after having been convicted for it, no matter when the footage was created or the deals made.
Did anyone air a testimonial film created by John Lennon’s killer for television networks so that he could testify outside court about how he didn’t kill Lennon, how he was “friends” with Lennon, or how Lennon’s death was somehow Lennon’s own fault? If Mark David Chapman had created such a film, would any network have aired it?
There would have been screaming outrage if they did. It would have been considered indecent.
Did anyone air a testimonial film created by John F. Kennedy’s killer about how he didn’t kill Kennedy or how it was some “accident” or how Kennedy somehow brought it on himself, or how he was actually “friends” with Kennedy? If Lee Harvey Oswald had created such a testimonial film would any network have aired it?
There would have been screaming outrage if they did. It would have been considered indecent.
How about the man who shot Martin Luther King? If James Earl Ray had created a testimonial film giving his own version of events leading up to his shooting of Dr. King, would any network have aired it?
There would have been screaming outrage if they did. And riots too. It would have been considered indecent.
No one ever aired such testimonial films on television networks created by the killers of other American luminaries and historical figures. There would have been screaming outrage if they did, and maybe even riots in the streets. It would have been considered indecent.
Allowing the man who killed Michael Jackson to do this is just as socially, morally, and ethically unacceptable. And it’s just as indecent.
Perhaps Conrad Murray didn’t make a dime off of his testimonial film. But the networks who air the film certainly will be making millions off of it! That’s why they’re doing it. Remember ratings and advertisers are their lifeblood.
The selling point for them is precisely to tell a story you won’t hear in the courtroom. Of course this film makes a mockery of the verdict. No remorse.
The telltale unfinished sentence in the response from Channel 4 and in the responses I’ve seen from other media outlets is this:
In other words, these networks are as immoral, unethical, dishonest, manipulative, indecent, and greedy as Conrad Murray when it comes to Michael Jackson. They are birds of a feather and collectively all of them helped send Michael Jackson to an early grave, with Murray delivering the fatal shot.
Now, they are simply feeding off his bones. Why? Because it’s profitable and because they can.
When it comes to Michael Jackson, all media and journalistic social, moral, or ethical rules and considerations just get thrown right out the window. The things the media do now and the things the media have done to the person and the memory of Michael Jackson in the past would never be considered if it were anyone else. They were never considered when it was someone else.
I wonder how the various executives at these television networks who sealed the deals with Conrad Murray would feel if it were their father, son, uncle, or brother, who was killed by the likes of Murray.
I wonder how they’d feel too, if the television networks decided to air an after-conviction testimonial film created by the killer of their loved one so that the killer could “tell his story” after he refused to do so in a courtroom. I doubt they ever thought about that. Because when the prospect of profit is at hand, empathy and human decency lose any bid for consideration. Especially when it’s Michael Jackson.
Let it be seen in all its barbaric ugliness that these precedents have been set by the media from the life and memory of Michael Joseph Jackson and in association with his killer.
“We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed in our decision to broadcast this programme.” — That sentence alone is a monumental understatement considering what is happening here.
Those who give patronage to these networks had better hope it isn’t someone they love.
MURRAY’S BIG LIE ABOUT THE NIGHT OF JUNE 24
Murray claims that he gave Michael only 2,5ml (or 25 milligrams) of propofol, while all the rest of it Michael took by himself.
And now that we know that the overall quantity was at least 206ml, following Murray’s story we are supposed to assume that the rest of 200ml was self-administered by Michael Jackson and in the two minutes while Murray was away. Really?
These two minutes are by the way another of Murray’s big lies. Judging by the phone calls he made that night forty minutes of being away from Jackson look much more realistic, so let’s accept the period of 40 minutes as a much more credible working theory and also as the one more favourable for Murray’s present version.
This amended variant will now state that he gave Michael only 2,5 ml of Propofol and the remaining part of it (forget about 2,5 ml, it was 200ml!) was self-administered by MJ during the 40 minutes while Murray was away. Was it possible?
1000mg of propofol is equal to 100ml. On June 24th Murray gave Michael at least 2 bottles of it, 100ml each
For many reasons one of which is that those 200ml of Propofol came in TWO bottles of 100ml each.
This means that first Michael had to self-administer one 100ml bottle (for example, in the first half hour while Murray was away), and then had to stand up and self-administer one more bottle of 100ml of Propofol which was to drip into his body during the rest of the time while Murray was not by his side.
And the most interesting part of it is that Michael Jackson should have stayed alive during those two procedures.
You wonder why? Because if he had not survived up to the end of the second bottle his urine would not have collected the amount of propofol found during the autopsy (82.5micrograms) as urine is generated only while the body is functioning.
In other words those 82.5 micrograms could be accumulated only while the 206mls of propofol were flowing into his body, his heart was beating and his blood was circulating as a result of which those micrograms of residual propofol finally landed in his urine.
This brings us to a conclusion that though Michael received at least 206 ml of Propofol that night, all the time while propofol was administered to him HE WAS ALIVE.
So as a very minimum the above means that Conrad Murray’s description of the events on the night of June 24 is FALSE through and through.
The amount of Propofol he gave to Michael that night was far more than 2,5ml and Michael didn’t inject himself with anything at all – because there was no need to. That night Murray gave Michael at least two 100ml bottles of propofol and as a result of that Michael was asleep for several hours.
How long did he sleep that night?
As we already know in case of a major surgery 200ml are enough to keep the patient under general anesthesia for approximately 4 hours. General anesthesia or deep sedation means that the patient is most probably not breathing on his own, and his lungs are ventilated by a machine.
This was not Michael’s case as there was no equipment to assist him to breathe, so he was breathing naturally and this means that he was under a light sedation. But if the same amount of 206ml of propofol was given to Michael for a light sedation (with a less dosage) it could keep him sleeping for a much longer time – probably 7 or more hours.
So on the night of June 24th Michael was sleeping, and up till now Murray was telling us a huge pile of lies. The heart-wrenching account of Michael being unable to fall asleep until morning may have been true, only it must be referring to another night in the same period of time when Michael was indeed totally sleepless and was unable to attend those damned AEG rehearsals.
And if here Murray tells us a big lie it means that Murray is so pathological a liar that it would be sheer lunacy to believe him in everything else.
. Maynard/Stow — “Every once in a while, people need to be in the presence of things that are really far away.” This was the concluding sentence of a short essay by Ian Frazier appearing in the New Yorker magazine, February 2011. You know – like mountain tops, the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building or the bow of the Titanic (before it sank). Maynard and Stow offer remarkably few opportunities to be in a place where distant vistas are a view. Once upon a time Summer Hill, now tree-covered and trail-crossed, was open pasture. History Society pictures taken as recently as World War II show an expanse with few trees. Decades earlier, state surveyors installed an official stone marker atop Summer Hill, with the expectation that from that point, clear viewing was available in all directions. Marble Hill, at 440 feet, the highest elevation in Stow, is similarly tree-obstructed. Stow does offer a hill with a present-day view. Stories hold that ships’ pilots in Boston harbor used the stand of pine trees atop Pilot Grove Hill as a navigational landmark, suggesting that in the reverse direction a person atop the hill could see Boston’s skyscrapers. Alas, not so. Mayhap from a treetop, but not from ground level. However, Birch Hill Road, elevation 370 feet, does offer a glimpse of Mt. Wachusett, twenty miles to the northwest. Bridges can offer vistas. White Pond Road over the Assabet River, on the Stow/Maynard border, offers good views up and down river – albeit less.
Abuse of Keynesian Economics
. | The Abuse of Keynes’ Theory of Government Spending | And Why Government Spending Needs to Stop | | Chase Cooper | 12/13/2012 | Political Economy Dr.Ramos Abstract: The goal of my research paper is to analyze and present how John Maynard Keynes’ theory on government spending is being abused by the American government insofar that the American government is not following the guidelines and foundations that premised Keynes’ theory, and instead are picking the parts of the theory that allow them to spend at unsustainable levels, creating problems that, one way or another, eventually have to be resolved. My research will prove how the American government is conducting fiscal policy in a way that abuses Keynes’ theory on government spending, and, as a result, why Keynes would not support the American government in their spending endeavors, despite using his theory as their justification. I will be critiquing the application of Keynes’ theory from the Austrian, specifically the works of Friedrich A. Hayek, and Monetarist perspectives, supported by arguments given by Milton Friedman. Section 1: Keynes’ Theory on Government Spending John Maynard Keynes published his famous work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, in 1936, during the Great Depression. Economies all over the world were suffering severely from the Great Depression, and there was little hope of economic recovery in the near future. Keynes agreed with the classical economist’s.
Road to Serfdom
. The Reader’s Digest condensed version of The Road to Serfdom The Road to Serfdom FRIEDRICH A. HAYEK The condensed version of The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek as it appeared in the April 1945 edition of Reader’s Digest The Institute of Economic Affairs First published in Great Britain in 1999 in the ‘Rediscovered Riches’ series by The Institute of Economic Affairs 2 Lord North Street Westminster London sw1p 3lb Reissued in the ‘Occasional Paper’ series in 2001 This condensed version of The Road to Serfdom © Reader’s Digest, reproduced by kind permission The Road to Serfdom is published in all territories outside the USA by Routledge. This version is published by kind permission. All other material copyright © The Institute of Economic Affairs 1999, 2001 Every effort has been made to contact the copyright holders associated with this edition. In some cases this has not been possible. The IEA will be pleased to include any corrections in the next edition. All rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the publisher of this book. A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. isbn 0 255 36530 6 Many IEA publications are translated into.
History 11 Study Guide
. History 11 exam 2 study guide 1) Explain the structure of the US Gov. under the new constitution and describe the compromises that led to its ratification? What problems do you think remained for the united states under this constitution? The structure of the US Gov under the new constitution sets out the powers of the United States does and what the State powers are as well. In addition Madison is setting up a competion between the US Gov and the States. The US gov can coin money, make taxes, make treaties. State Powers can create taxes, make treaties, but can’t coin money. Many of the powers of the States are often duplicated from the Us Gov. powers. Also there is the 3 branch concept which consist of Executive branch (President, Enforce laws),Legislative Branch (Congress, Make Laws), and Judicial Branch( Interept Laws). These branches will also compete with each other. Example of congress fighting with the president on raising the national debt ceiling. In addition the Judicial branch will sometimes get involved because they have the power to declare a law constitutional or unconstitutional which is the final say. In addion the Judicial Branch can also interpret laws made by the legislative Branch.The compromise that led to the ratification are Virginia Plan:being a large state, because virgina had a larger population.the viginians did not think it was fair for a state to have 3times less population to have a equal vote as a larger state such as virginia.They wanted.
As of Eco
. Graduate School of Business Economics for Management Spring 2013– Assignment Student’s name: _Sabbu Maharjan______________________________________ Student’s ID: ___11665751_________________________________ Class day and time: _Wednesday, 9:00 am___________________________________ Lecturer’s name: ____________________________________ Student’s signature * ____________________________________ *By signing your name you agree that you have read, understood, and followed the rules in the subject guide concerning cheating and plagiarism. Instructions: Due Date: A signed hard copy of the assignment must be submitted before 6pm, Monday October 14, 2013. Contribution to final grade: 20%. Marks are allocated to individual questions as indicated. Part marks are automatically given for multi-part questions in proportion to the number ofcorrect responses. Background needed to complete the assignment: Review the material in Chapters 3 of the textbook. How to submit: Submit the assignment by placing it into the assignment box labelled “Economics for Management” located in the foyer of Level 3, Block D, Building 5 (it is one floor above the Economics Discipline Group Reception). Time of Day Tolling on Sydney Harbour Tunnel On 27 January 2009, the New South Wales government introduced a new time of day tollingsystem for southbound traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge (SHB) and Sydney HarbourTunnel (SHT). Previously, passenger vehicles paid a flat $3.
Lottery and Its Outdated Traditions
. “The Lottery” and its Outdated Traditions The story, “The Lottery” has many themes to it, all dealing with the corrupted practices of society. The story was written by Shirley Jackson in the year 1948. During this time, there was a lot of corruption and practices that were unjust. The themes that occur in this story are people not rejecting outdated traditions and ideas, the evil ways of ordinary people, sacrifices for community sins and conformity. Jackson brings these practices to light and exposes them for what they really are. “The Lottery” is about a small town in which a lottery is held on every June 27th. It is a tradition that has been taking place for a many decades. The lottery is not the type of lottery held today, however, it is a lottery to ultimately sacrifice someone’s life. Shirley Jackson wrote this story to shock her audience. She wanted to show a tradition that is highly corrupted taking place in a small and what seems to be, a normal town. The word, “tradition” means inherited or established customs or actions, In the story, some townsmen are talking about other towns getting rid of their lottery. The Old Man Warner says, “Nothing but trouble in that, pack of young fools.”(Jackson) He is referring to the other villages that have abolished this tradition. He also states that it is the seventy-seventh time he has attended the lottery, as if to say it has been around for a long time and will continue to be around. The people of this village are.
. Jacksonian Democrats did in fact keep the U.S. together during Jackson’s Presidency, and successfully protected the rights stated in the Constitution except the Indian removal act of 1830.` The Natives American Indians posed as a problem for Jackson because he didn’t know what to do with the ones living in the south, he failed to protect the Indians rights. He decided to remove them and relocate them west of the Mississippi River, to Oklahoma on the famous trail known as the Trail of Tears. Jackson stated he did this to save to Indian culture, but really it was to forcibly remove them from their land and give it to White Farmers. Did the Indians have rights like the white males? Jackson kind of laugh that off and in doing so failed to uphold the Constitution, because he didn’t see them as Americans (which they were not, they were considered a “domestic, dependent nation”). An example of this is when John Marshall head of the Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to remove the Indians from their lands and Jackson said, “John Marshall made his decision, now let him enforce it!” This shows his absolute power, and this is why people referred to him as “King Andrew” and how he believed that the constitution didn’t apply to him. Politically, Jackson cared about the common man and a government ran by the people. An example of this is when he used his Veto power to Veto the charter for the Bank of.
. Andrew Jackson’s effect in the American politics Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, is one of the most important and significant presidents in the history of the United States. As a vice-president and president (1824 to 1832) he reshaped and redirected the course of American expansion and democracy. Jackson believed the president is the direct representative of the people. He was the man of action and shrewd politician. He knew how to manipulate men and could be affable or abusive or abusive as the occasion demanded.(nation of nations, 2005 ) Andrew Jackson came to personify the new democratic culture. Through his forceful leadership he significantly expanded the powers of the presidency. Jackson threatened to use force against South Carolina when it tried to nullify the federal tariff using john c. Calhoun’s theory of nullification that is that a state convention could nullify a federal law. He vetoed a bill to recharter the second bank of the United States and destroyed the bank by removing its federal deposits. He called for legislation to remove native peoples west to of the Mississippi voiding treaties found legitimate by the Supreme Court during the winter months of 1835-36 to ensure the greatest suffering to these peoples. One quarter of the tribal people died in transit to Oklahoma during this move. Jacksonian era went through the deep and rapid changes. The revolution in markets brought both economic expansion and periodic depressions as its citizens competed.
Michael Jackson Paper
. Michael Jackson Celebrity Randle Texas History February 2, 2012 Ms. Lawson Michael Jackson Michael Jackson was king of pop. He was born August 29, 1958 to Joseph Jackson and Katherine Jackson (Scruse). Michael had three sister’s Rebbie, Latoya, and Janet he also had five brothers Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Randy. Michael and his brothers had many hits and were very successful when they were the Jackson Five with him being the lead singer. Michael was once married to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe he also had three children Prince Michael, Prince Michael II, and Paris Michael. Michael performed with many great legends such as Carlos Santana and Lionel Richie. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and many other special awards. He was known for his infamous moonwalk dance, his signature glove, and his long black hair. Michael was diagnosed with lupus in 1984 and the skin disease Vitiligo. Michael had many hits during his solo career like Thriller and Billie Jean just to name a few. He made many contributions to help people who were in need and he also performed at Super Bowl XXVII for the half-time show. On the day of Michael’s death June 25, 2009 the world suffered a great lost, it was stated that his death was a homicide do to an overdose of medication given to him by his doctor Conrad Murray who was recently sentenced in his death. At the time of his death Michael was 50 years old and planning a comeback.
. Sacrifice: The Price to Pay ENGL 102: Literature and Composition Summer D 2013 Deena Cannaday ID # 20308095 APA Style Sacrifice: The Price to Pay Deena Cannaday Liberty University Online Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner,” are two fictional stories that are quite different in detail but have similar endings. The author gives us a glimpse into the lives of two mothers both different yet both facing similar challenges in life. Both Hester of “The Rocking Horse Winner,” and Tessie of “The Lottery,” had husbands and children each who treated and viewed their families differently. In “The Lottery,” Hester is portrayed as warm, caring and loving towards her children and husband while in “The Rocking Horse Winner,” Tessie is portrayed as cold, hard hearted and unloving towards her children and husband. Hester is concern about her family while Tessie on the other hand is only concern about herself. Tessie handles life challenges through love and sacrifice while Hester handles life challenges through greed and selfishness. Even though both stories are different, there are many similarities between the two stories encompassing love, sacrifice, and fear. In D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner,” the author tells the tale about a family who is obsessed with wealth and prosperity, mainly the mother Hester. Hester is portrayed as a very greedy and selfish person who is consumed by money and wealth. In Shirley.
. The Characteristics of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant Felicia Clark Com/170 December 17, 2012 Shannon DeBord The Characteristics of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant MICHAEL JORDAN VERSUS KOBE BRYANT I am from Greenville Mississippi, we do not have a professional basketball team, so the Memphis Grizzlies are most of my families choice since they are close to us. I usually don’t route for the Grizzlies but I love going to the games to see other teams and players. I have seen several star players play the Grizzlies when I went to see them. The most prolific players were Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. They both had a totally different upbringing, however they were the same player during their career. I first saw Michael Jordan in December 2000 when he played with the Washington Wizards versus the Memphis Grizzlies. He was a shell of himself but still managed to outscore everyone on the floor. I believe he had 30 points, six rebounds and four assists. This was an outstanding score by a player in his upper 30s. Michael Jordan by far is the most amazing individual to ever play the game of basketball. His amazing career scoring average is 29.2 with his decline and second retirement in 1998. I first saw Kobe Bryant in 2005 when he played the Memphis Grizzlies. He played much better than Jordan even though he was still 10 years his junior when I saw him. He had 52 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. His outstanding play led all scorers that night and he.
. James Monroe 01April 2013 Advanced Reading/Writing Outline – James Monroe I. Introduction a. Was the fifthpresident of the United States b. Purpose of the paper i. Early life and early political career ii. James Monroe’s presidencyachievements iii. Post-presidency iv. Time and place of death II. Early life and early political career a. Family b. Education and military service c. Early political career i. Virginia politics ii. Ambassador to France iii. Governor of Virginia iv. Secretary of State and Secretary of War III. James Monroe’spresidency achievements a. Presidential elections of 1816 and 1820 b. The Cumberland Road Bill c. Indigenous American policies d. Administration and Cabinet e. Foreign policy i. Monroe Doctrine ii. The acquisition of Florida IV. Post-presidency V. Thoughts on slavery VI. Time and place of death VII. Conclusion a. Early life and early political career b. James Monroe’s presidency achievements c. Post-presidency d. Time and place of death James Monroe is remembered for his victorious win to become the 5th president of America. His life both private and political was closely monitored and documented due.
The Lottery Comparison of Tradition
. States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. To get people in the spirit, most major retailers open before the sun comes up and offers promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. Americans consider “getting in the spirit,” by waking at the crack of dawn to pry items out of other people’s hands while at the same time getting pushed and shoved by crazy amounts of people on the same hunt. We call a tradition a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance that has origin from the past. Black Friday is the one tradition that I thought was the worst until reading “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson. Jackson uses irony to suggest an underlying evil, hypocrisy, and weakness of human kind. Jackson shows many important lessons about human nature in this short story including barbaric traditions in a supposedly civilized village, the community’s hypocrisy, and how violence and cruelty take place. "The Lottery" tells the story of an annual tradition in a small village, where the people are close and tradition is paramount. The Lottery is a yearly event in which one person in the town is randomly chosen, by a drawing, to be violently stoned by friends and family. The villagers don’t really know much about the lottery’s origin but try to preserve the tradition nevertheless they believed that someone had to be sacrificed to insure a good crop. "Lottery in June, corn be heavy.
. Corporate Tax Return Project This assignment requires the completion of a Federal corporate tax return, the 2009 return for the Jackson Corporation. The return involves the first year of operations of Jackson Corporation. You may prepare the tax return using tax software or use the IRS’s “fill-in” forms. The forms may be found by going to www.irs.gov go to - Forms and Publications. Under Forms and Publications there is a link to “previous years” for the 2009 forms. I highly suggest using the tax software in the book- if you don’t have the software see me. The returns must be completed no later than July 20, 2011 at 6pm. For every DAY that the return is turned in earlier than the due date 1 bonus point is awarded up to a maximum of 10 points. For each day the project is late there is a penalty of 10 points. The return is worth a base of 100 points. For any judgment call you must document your position. A very short summary of facts/ law/ conclusion is required. Instructions: Complete the corporate tax return for 2009 for Jackson Corporation. This may include the Schedules A, C, D, E, J, K, L, M-1/ M-2, 4626 and 1120-W. Be careful about what additional forms are needed. This project is an individual assignment. It is NOT a group assignment. I am looking for the following (and will grade accordingly) with this assignment: 1. Correct use of the Forms. 2. Issue identification. 3. Documentation. For any judgment call.
Executive Summary of Social Media
. Executive summary In the Web2.0 era, there emerging an endless stream of new media forms, the emergence of a new form of media means that the popularity and progress of Web2.0 (Bronstein, 2013). The emergence of this situation is related to the birth of a new media forms, the micro-blogging. Micro-blogging change is in the instant communication of news. For example, the first media releases King of Pop Michael Jackson's death is Twitter. The first media release the news of Wenchuan China earthquake is micro-blogging. Micro-blogging is with huge influence beyond the human’s imagination. In the marketing industry, Micro-blogging is gradually thought as an effective way to do marketing and public relations. For example, Starbucks successfully use Twitter to carry out brand image marketing. Dell has opened online sales and customer service on Twitter, and so on (Wilson & Quinton, 2012). This research will analyze the how the social media micro-blogging influences the consumer’s perception on the brand, especially for the fast fashion brand. This research consists of five sections, the first is introduction, and the second is literature review, which provides the TRA model helping to the research on customs’ perception on brand. The third is methodology, interpreting the methods used in this research which includes quantitative and qualitative methods. The fourth is findings and results, it talks about the six factors influencing the customer’s perception though the.